Cytomegalovirus viremia, viruria and disease after autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation: no need for surveillance.Bone Marrow Transplant. 1999 Jul; 24(1):69-73.BM
A retrospective evaluation of 200 consecutive recipients of autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) was conducted to ascertain the incidence, risk factors, clinical features, complications, and outcome of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. A total of 26 patients (13%) developed CMV viremia (n = 5), DNAemia (n = 3), viruria (n = 18) and/or disease (n = 3) at a median of 45 days following stem cell infusion. None of the patients underwent surveillance testing for CMV. A diagnosis was established by culture and polymerase chain reaction of blood, urine or other tissue samples submitted when patients exhibited clinical features suggestive of CMV infection. Cytomegalovirus seropositivity prior to transplantation was the only statistically significant risk factor predicting subsequent identification of CMV (P < 0.001). The symptoms were severe enough in 23 patients to warrant treatment with intravenous ganciclovir. Three patients developed CMV disease; two developed fatal CMV pneumonia and one developed CMV gastritis which responded to antiviral treatment. Clinical signs and symptoms as well as viremia and viruria resolved with (20 patients) and without (three patients) treatment in the remaining individuals. All instances of CMV viremia, DNAemia, viruria and disease occurred within 3 months of stem cell infusion. These results demonstrate that CMV is a common pathogen after autologous PBSCT and may result in fatality in rare instances. Surveillance programs appear to be neither useful nor cost-effective. Diagnostic evaluation should be performed only in patients exhibiting suspicious clinical features and antiviral chemotherapy should be administered for persistent and severe signs and symptoms.