Increased pulmonary superinfections in cardiac transplant patients undergoing primary cytomegalovirus infection

K. H. Rand, Richard B Pollard, T. C. Merigan

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Abstract

Preliminary observations and the work of others suggest that cardiac-transplant and renal-transplant patients seronegative for cytomegalovirus are at significantly greater risk of pulmonary superinfections than those who are seropositive before transplantation. Since we cannot predict which seronegative patients will become infected with cytomegalovirus, deliberate immunization with cytomegalovirus before transplantation may protect not only against primary cytomegalovirus disease itself but also against potentially fatal pulmonary bacterial superinfection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-953
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume298
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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