Journal Article

Donor-Related Coccidioidomycosis in Organ Transplant Recipients

Patty W. Wright, Demosthenes Pappagianis, Mark Wilson, Ana Louro, Stephen A. Moser, Kenneth Komatsu and Peter G. Pappas

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 9, pages 1265-1269
Published in print November 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/378741
Donor-Related Coccidioidomycosis in Organ Transplant Recipients

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Most cases of coccidioidomycosis in organ transplant recipients arise from either primary infection with Coccidioides immitis after environmental exposure or from reactivation of latent infection. Herein, we report 2 cases of rapidly fatal, disseminated coccidioidomycosis that occurred in organ transplant recipients who had never lived in or visited an area where C. immitis is endemic. Both subjects had received a transplanted organ from the same donor, an individual with unrecognized active coccidioidomycosis at the time of his death.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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