Infectious complications after transplantation
Infection is one of the most common complications after solid organ transplantation. Patients awaiting transplantation are often quite debilitated from their disease, increasing the risk of infection and other complications during transplantation. Patients are further immunosuppressed by antirejection medications, increasing the risk of infection after transplantation. Although many infections after transplantation are similar to nonimmunosuppressed surgical patients, the transplant recipient is at additional risk of opportunistic infections because of the antirejection medications. This chapter describes the bacterial, fungal, and viral infections that occur in transplant recipients.
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