Transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by organ transplantation

John W. Baddley, Denise C. Schain, Asmita A. Gupte, Sundus A. Lodhi, Liise K. Kayler, João P. Frade, Shawn R. Lockhart, Tom Chiller, J. Steve Bynon, William A. Bower

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Abstract

Background: This article describes transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by solid organ transplantation. Methods. We reviewed medical records and performed molecular genotyping of isolates to determine potential for donor transmission of Cryptococcus. Results: Cryptococcosis was diagnosed in 3 recipients of organs from a common donor with an undifferentiated neurologic condition at the time of death. Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis was later diagnosed in the donor at autopsy. The liver and 1 kidney recipient developed cryptococcemia and pneumonia and the other kidney recipient developed cryptococcemia and meningitis; 2 patients recovered with prolonged antifungal therapy. We tested 4 recipient isolates with multilocus sequence typing and found they had identical alleles. Conclusions: Our investigation documents the transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by organ transplantation. Evaluation for cryptococcosis in donors with unexplained neurologic symptoms should be strongly considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e94-e98
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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