West Nile Virus Encephalitis in a Kidney Transplant Recipient

James C. Shepherd, Aruna Subramanian, Robert A. Montgomery, Milagros D. Samaniego, Gary Gong, Amy Bergmann, David Blythe, Lesia Dropulic

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We describe a case of West Nile virus encephalitis in a 54-year-old kidney transplant recipient. The clinical course was rapid and fatal. Serial CSF samples showed an evolving mononuclear pleiocytosis and serial MRIs showed increasing signs of cytotoxic edema in her basal ganglia. Seroepidemiological testing indicated that the infection was most likely acquired from transfusion of fresh frozen plasma at the time of transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-833
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Organ transplantation
  • Transfusion
  • West Nile virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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