Donor-derived organ transplant transmission of coccidioidomycosis

K. L. Dierberg, K. A. Marr, A. Subramanian, H. Nace, N. Desai, J. E. Locke, S. Zhang, J. Diaz, C. Chamberlain, D. Neofytos

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Coccidioidomycosis in solid organ transplant recipients most often occurs as a result of primary infection or reactivation of latent infection. Herein, we report a series of cases of transplant-related transmission of coccidioidomycosis from a single donor from a non-endemic region whose organs were transplanted to 5 different recipients. In all, 3 of the 5 recipients developed evidence of Coccidioides infection, 2 of whom had disseminated disease. The degree of T-cell immunosuppression and timing of antifungal therapy initiation likely contributed to development of disease and disease severity in these recipients. This case series highlights the importance of having a high index of suspicion for Coccidioides infection in solid organ transplant recipients, even if the donor does not have known exposure, given the difficulties of obtaining a detailed and accurate travel history from next-of-kin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalTransplant Infectious Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Fungal infection
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Transplantation


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