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Infection in the immunocompromised host 

Infection in the immunocompromised host

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Infection in the immunocompromised host
Author(s):

J. Cohen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070204_update_001

Update:

Addition of latest IDSA guidelines on febrile neutropaenia; addition of chronic hepatitis E in transplant recipients; addition of valganciclovir as an agent for CMV prophylaxis and treatment.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 June 2017

The term ‘immunocompromised host’ embraces a group of overlapping conditions in which the ability to respond normally to an infective challenge is in some way impaired. This includes patients with underlying conditions such as protein–calorie malnutrition and diabetes, as well as organ transplant recipients, those with haematological malignancies and others receiving therapeutic immunosuppression, and patients with HIV infection. Many patients have multiple risk factors that increase the risk of opportunistic infection....

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