Strongyloides stercoralis infection in kidney transplant recipients

Baha A. Abdalhamid, Abdul N.aser M. Al Abadi, Mohammed I. Al Saghier, Amani A. Joudeh, Mahmoud A. Shorman, Samir S. Amr

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Strongyloides stercoralis is an uncommon infection in Saudi Arabia. It can establish latency and cause an autoinfection in humans that lasts for years. The infection can get reactivated during immunosuppression and can result in a life-threatening Strongyloides hyperinfection syndrome. We present three cases of renal transplant recipients who developed Strongyloides infection following transplantation. A bronchoalveolar lavage specimen, a duodenal biopsy and/or a stool specimen from these patients revealed evidence of S. stercoralis larvae. The first two patients received kidneys from the same deceased donor, a native of Bangladesh, an area that is highly endemic for S. stercoralis. The data suggest that the first two cases might be donor derived. High-risk donors and recipients should be screened for Strongyloides infection to initiate treatment before transplantation thus reducing morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-102
Number of pages5
JournalSaudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation : an official publication of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Saudi Arabia.
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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