Viral enteritis in intestinal transplant recipients

Abigail M. Servais, Megan Keck, Mary Leick, David F. Mercer, Alan N. Langnas, Wendy J. Grant, Luciano M. Vargas, Shaheed Merani, Diana F. Florescu

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Intestinal transplant recipients (ITR) are at high risk for infections due to the high level of immunosuppression required to prevent rejection. There are limited data regarding viral enteritis post-intestinal transplantation. We retrospectively reviewed ITR transplanted between January 2008 and December 2016. Descriptive statistics, including mean (standard deviation) and median (range), were performed. Sixty-one (43.9%) of the 139 transplanted patients had viral enteritis: 26% norovirus, 25% adenovirus, and 9% each rotavirus and sapovirus. The median age of pediatric patients was 1.6 years (0.4-16.9) and for adults 36.3 years (27.1-48.2). Fifty-seven (58%) of 99 pediatric ITR had viral enteritis compared to 4 (10%) of 40 adult ITR. Median time-to-clinical resolution of enteritis for all patients was 5 days (1-92). Standard of care therapies administered: anti-motility agents (10%), anti-emetics agents (14%), and intravenous fluids (42%). There was a higher incidence of viral enteritis in pediatric compared to adults ITR. The majority of viral enteritis episodes resolved within 1 week and were treated with supportive therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13248
JournalTransplant Infectious Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • adenovirus
  • enteritis
  • intestinal transplant
  • norovirus
  • rotavirus
  • sapovirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Transplantation


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