Infections in the immunosuppressed host.
The interaction between host immunity and infections in the context of a suppressed immune system presents an opportunity to study the interaction of colonization and infection with the development of acute and chronic pulmonary morbidity and mortality. This article summarizes presentations at the Pittsburgh International Lung Conference about comorbid consequences in two categories of immunosuppressed hosts: HIV-infected individuals and lung transplant recipients. Specifically, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, and chronic lung rejection after transplant are three diseases that may be consequences of colonization or infection by viruses or fungi, whether HIV itself or the opportunistic infections Pneumocystis and cytomegalovirus. In the fourth section, we discuss unique aspects of infections after lung transplant as well as the battle against multidrug-resistant organisms in this population and theorize that the immunosuppressed population may provide a unique group of patients in which to study ways to overcome nosocomial pathogenic challenges. These host-pathogen interactions serve as models for developing new strategies to reduce acute and chronic morbidity due to colonization and subclinical infection, and potential therapeutic avenues, which are often overlooked in the clinical arena.
George, MP; Masur, H; Norris, KA; Palmer, SM; Clancy, CJ; McDyer, JF
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