Central nervous system infections after solid organ transplantation

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Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 17. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000722. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Significant advances to our understanding of several neuroinfectious complications after a solid organ transplant (SOT) have occurred in the last few years. Here, we review the central nervous system (CNS) infections that are relevant to SOT via a syndromic approach with a particular emphasis on recent updates in the field.

RECENT FINDINGS: A few key studies have advanced our understanding of the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of several CNS infections in SOT recipients. Risk factors for poor prognosis and protective effects of standard posttransplant prophylactic strategies have been better elucidated. Newer diagnostic modalities which have broad clinical applications like metagenomic next-generation sequencing, as well as those that help us better understand esoteric concepts of disease pathogenesis have been studied. Finally, several studies have provided newer insights into the treatment of these diseases.

SUMMARY: Recent findings reflect the steady progress in our understanding of CNS infections post SOT. They provide several avenues for improvement in the prevention, early recognition, and therapeutic outcomes of these diseases.

PMID:33741794 | DOI:10.1097/QCO.0000000000000722

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