How is lung allograft infection diagnosed?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Aliya N Husain, MBBS, MD; Chief Editor: Philip T Cagle, MD  more...
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Because of immunosuppressant therapy, transplant recipients are at an increased risk for both common and opportunistic infections. Bacterial infections tend to occur in the first month posttransplantation, with viral and fungal infections usually following within the first 3-6 months. Lung allograft infection is usually diagnosed based on clinical signs and symptoms, microbiologic cultures, and serum viral testing, but only occasionally with transbronchial biopsy.


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