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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2-14

Preparing for transplant - Screening and prophylaxis of donor and recipients before solid organ transplantation: Expert group opinion from South Asia

1 Department of Nephrology and Renal Transplant Medicine, Medanta Kidney and Urology Institute, Medanta Medicity, Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
2 Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Apollo Hospitals; Infectious Diseases - Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Hepatology and Liver Transplant, Medanta, The Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
4 Infectious Diseases Division, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harward Medical School Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shyam Bihari Bansal
Department of Nephrology and Renal Transplant medicine, Medanta Kidney and Urology Institute, Medanta Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijot.ijot_106_21

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Infections are major cause of morbidity and mortality after transplantation. Although many infections are common worldwide, there are differences in various geographic locations. South Asia and India, in particular, has a very active transplant program for kidney and liver transplantation, however, there are no guidelines as how to screen and provide prophylaxis to solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients and donors for both specific infections prevalent in this region along with usual infections. Keeping this in mind, a working group was created comprising transplant physicians, surgeons, and infectious disease specialists from South Asia as well as experts from other countries. This working group developed guidelines based on published evidence, unpublished data from large centers in this region, along with expert opinion. This section of the guidelines deals with pretransplant screening of donors and recipients, which should be useful in dealing with transplants performed in this region for patients belonging to these countries, for those coming for transplantation from other countries, and for programs outside of South Asia who are screening donors and recipients from this region or who have spent significant time in this region.

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