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Use of antigenemia technique for diagnosis and monitoring of infections caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpesvirus 6 and 7 (HHV-6 and HHV-7) in transplant patients hematopoietic stem cell

Abstract

The herpesviruses are major causes of complications after transplantation because of their latent nature and reinfection due to immunosuppressive drugs, leading the individual susceptibility to infection and disease. The use of diagnostic techniques such infections are becoming increasingly necessary, including directing the treatment and during periods where the infection is active viral replication occurs. Diagnostic methods such as antigenemia are excellent for use in diagnosis and monitoring of these patients, allowing early diagnosis and semi-quantitative, offering patients a more appropriate early treatment with antivirals or reduction of immunosuppression, infection control, not to run the illness or even death. (AU)