Disseminated microsporidiosis in a renal transplant recipient: Case report and review of the literature

A. Nagpal, B. S. Pritt, E. C. Lorenz, H. Amer, S. H. Nasr, L. D. Cornell, S. Iqbal, M. P. Wilhelm

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Abstract

Microsporidia are opportunistic pathogens that usually cause a limited disease in the gastrointestinal tract. Occasionally, they can cause disseminated disease. In solid organ transplant recipients, disseminated disease has been reported only rarely. We describe a 68-year-old woman who presented with fever, cough, and acute kidney injury 6 months after kidney transplantation. Dissemination was confirmed by identification of microsporidial spores in urine and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Polymerase chain reaction analysis identified the species as Encephalitozoon cuniculi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-532
Number of pages7
JournalTransplant Infectious Disease
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

Keywords

  • Encephalitozoon
  • FUO
  • Immunocompromised host
  • Kidney transplant
  • Microsporidiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Transplantation

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    Nagpal, A., Pritt, B. S., Lorenz, E. C., Amer, H., Nasr, S. H., Cornell, L. D., Iqbal, S., & Wilhelm, M. P. (2013). Disseminated microsporidiosis in a renal transplant recipient: Case report and review of the literature. Transplant Infectious Disease, 15(5), 526-532. https://doi.org/10.1111/tid.12119