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Travel and transplantation: travel-related diseases in transplant recipients.
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PMID:  23147910     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Travel-related diseases may be seen in transplant recipients after travel, after transplant tourism, and via transmission from blood and organ donors, augmented by recent increases in travel, migration, and globalization. Such infections include tuberculosis, Plasmodium (malaria), Babesia, Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), Strongyloides, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Leishmania, Brucella, HTLV, dengue, among numerous others.
RECENT FINDINGS: Review of cohorts of transplant recipients show that they tend to have minimal or suboptimal preparation prior to travel, with limited pretravel vaccination, medications, and education, which poses a greatly increased risk of travel-related infections and complications. The epidemiology of such travel-related infections in transplant recipients, along with methods for prevention, including vaccines, chemoprophylaxis, and education may help SOT recipients avoid travel-related infections, and are discussed in this review.
SUMMARY: Optimizing the understanding of the risk of tropical, geographically restricted, and other unusual or unexpected, travel-related infections will enhance the safety of vulnerable transplant recipients from potentially life-threatening infections.
Camille N Kotton
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in organ transplantation     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1531-7013     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Organ Transplant     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9717388     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Organ Transplant     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  594-600     Citation Subset:  IM    
aTransplant Infectious Disease and Compromised Host Program bDivision of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Travelers' Advice and Immunization Center cDepartment of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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