Across state lines: Fulminant Babesia microti infection in a liver transplant recipient

Transpl Infect Dis. 2017 Oct;19(5). doi: 10.1111/tid.12741. Epub 2017 Jul 31.

Abstract

The potential for transmission of Babesia microti by blood transfusion is well recognized. Physicians may be unaware that products used for transfusion may be collected from geographically diverse regions. We describe a liver transplant recipient in South Carolina who likely acquired B. microti infection from a unit of blood collected in Minnesota.

Keywords: Babesia microti; blood transfusion; liver transplantation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use
  • Babesia / isolation & purification*
  • Babesiosis / blood*
  • Babesiosis / microbiology*
  • Blood Donors
  • Blood Transfusion*
  • Clindamycin / therapeutic use
  • Exchange Transfusion, Whole Blood
  • Humans
  • Liver Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quinidine / analogs & derivatives
  • Quinidine / therapeutic use

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Antimalarials
  • Clindamycin
  • Quinidine
  • quinidine gluconate