A prospective survey of human herpesvirus-6 primary infection in solid organ transplant recipients.


Journal Article

Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) infection is potentially life-threatening to immunosuppressed patients. There is a lack of information regarding the risk and the clinical manifestations of primary HHV-6 infection in solid-organ transplant recipients. We prospectively evaluated patients undergoing solid organ transplantation with negative immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibodies against HHV-6 by means of HHV-6 quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Among 193 recipients, seven were HHV-6 seronegative (prevalence 3.6%). We detected a positive HHV-6 viral load in only one patient, and four patients seroconverted after one year posttransplantation. The patient with a positive HHV-6 viral load developed cholestatic hepatitis without fever and did not experience severe end-organ disease. In conclusion, our findings show a low incidence of symptomatic primary HHV-6 infection among seronegative solid-organ transplant recipients.

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Cited Authors

  • Cervera, C; Marcos, MA; Linares, L; Roig, E; Benito, N; Pumarola, T; Moreno, A

Published Date

  • October 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 979 - 982

PubMed ID

  • 17038915

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17038915

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-6080

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0041-1337

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.tp.0000229938.12722.ee


  • eng