Varicella infection following varicella vaccination in a liver transplant recipient

Josh Levitsky, Helen S. Te, Thomas W. Faust, Stanley M. Cohen

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Abstract

Varicella infection may result in significant morbidity and mortality in patients who have received an orthotopic liver transplant (OLT). It is unclear if vaccinating these patients against varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection is safe or effective. We report on a liver transplant recipient with no prior history of VZV infection who was given the varicella vaccine after an indirect VZV exposure. The patient was subsequently hospitalized twice for treatment of cutaneous varicella infection. We will discuss VZV infection, particularly in relation to liver transplantation, and review the prophylaxis and management of VZV infection after OLT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-882
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume2
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2002

Keywords

  • Orthotopic liver transplant
  • Vaccine
  • Varicella-zoster virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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