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Free Content Multi-recipient donor-transmitted tuberculosis [Case study]

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Tuberculosis (TB) rates among transplant recipients are 20–74 times higher than in the general population, and have a mortality rate of up to 30%. The majority are potentially preventable. Most cases are reactivated latent infection after immune suppression. Donor-transmitted TB is very rare. We report three cases of TB that were transmitted by organ transplantation from a single donor.

Keywords: donor; transplant recipient; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Section of Infectious Diseases, Section of Microbiology, Department of Medicine, King Faisal Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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