INTRODUCTION The transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow results in a transient state of immunologic incompetence. Shortly after transplantation phagocytes, T and B cells are rapidly depleted and the host is extremely susceptible to various infections.
Infectious agents Site of Infection< 28 days1 to 4 months> 6 months DisseminatedS aureus, CONS Nocardia, Candida, Aspergillus spp H influenzae, S pneumoniae, N meningitides Skin and Mucous Membranes HSVHHV 6VZV LungsCandida, Aspergillus spp, Klebsiella spp CMV, Toxoplasma, P jiroveci P jiroveci GITCMV KidneyBK Virus, Adenovirus BK Virus BrainHHV 6HHV 6, Toxoplasma Toxoplasma, JC Virus Bone MarrowHHV 6
Bacterial Usually seen in the first 28 days after HSCT. Marked granulocytopenia is observed Neutropenia usually lasts for 1 to 3 weeks. However bacterial infections are more common in the first 7 days Organisms are usually from the Skin or Intravenous catheters of recipients
Bacterial Staphylococcus aureus, Coagulase Negative Staphylococci are acquired from the skin and catheters. Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are acquired from the bowel. Nocardia asteroides which is partially acid fast occurs after the first week of transplantation.
Bacterial Encapsulated bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae cause infections in the late post transplantation period i.e. >6 months. Chemotherapy and the use of broad spectrum antimicrobial agents place recipients at risk of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.
Fungi Fungal infections tend to occur after the first week post transplantation. Seen after chemotherapy, steroid and broad spectrum antibiotic administration. Granulocytopenia predisposes towards Candida infections. The increased use of Fluconazole has also helped to select out Molds such as Aspergillus spp, Penicillium marfennei and Scedosporium spp
Fungi The following drugs predispose to fungal infections particularly Candida and Aspergillus spp infections in HSCT patients Prednisolone Cyclosporine Tacrolimus Mycophenolate Rapamycin Alemtuzumab
Fungi The above mentioned drugs may also cause reactivation of infections due to Histoplasma capsulatum Coccidioides imitis Blastomyces dermatidis.
Fungi The prolonged use of intravenous lipid formulations for TPN may predispose to Malassaezia furfur infections HSCT patients are at increased risk of interstitial pneumonia due to Pneumocystis jiroveci.
Parasites Reactivation of Toxoplasmosis occurs in transplant recipients and may cause CNS lesions.
Viruses Occurs within 14 days post transplantation Causes Mucositis, esophagitis and anogenital disease. HSV Reactivation of herpes zoster may occur in the first month especially with pre-transplant immunosuppression Reactivation rates are more with allogeneic transplantation VZV Seen days post transplantation with low granulocyte counts. Encountered in GVHD. Causes interstitial pneumonia, colitis, BM suppression and graft failure. CMV
Viruses HHV 6 reactivates in 30% of children post HSCT Reactivation is common in those receiving steroids HHV6 Reactivation is secondary to marrow ablation Lymphoproliferative disease occurs EBV Fatal pneumonias can occur Hemorrhagic cystitis Influenza, RSV, Adenoviruses
Clinical Syndromes Hemorrhagic Cystitis Elevated loads of BK Virus, Polyoma Virus, Adenovirus Also HSV, CMV and HHV 6 Hepatitis HBV, HCV, VZV, Adenovirus Others include HSC and CMV Pneumonia Syndromes S pneumoniae, RSV, P jiroveci H influenzae, Adenovirus
Clinical Syndromes Diarrhea – 15% are due to infectious agentsSkin eruptions – due to VZV or fungiOsteomyelitis – following marrow aspiration and usually due to S aureus
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