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Cytomegalovirus Prophylaxis With IV Ganciclovir In Lung Transplant Recipients : The Long and the Short of It!

Jonathan B. Orens, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Baltimore, MD 
 ,  Dr. Orens is Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care.

Correspondence to: Jonathan B. Orens, MD, FCCP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, 600 North Wolfe St/Blalock 910, Baltimore, MD 21287



Chest. 1999;116(5):1152-1153. doi:10.1378/chest.116.5.1152
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Lung transplantation may prolong survival and improve symptoms for patients with end-stage lung disease. However, many shortcomings plague this procedure, including a lack of donor organs, the need for lifelong immunosuppression, allograft rejection, limited long-term patient survival, the high financial costs of the surgery and subsequent care, and the constant threat of infection. Of the infectious complications, cytomegalovirus (CMV) stands out as an important agent causing significant morbidity and mortality.


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