Underutilization of norovirus testing in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients at a large cancer center

Am J Infect Control. 2018 Jan;46(1):100-102. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.06.010. Epub 2017 Jul 27.


The development of a new laboratory-developed norovirus assay provided an opportunity to assess testing patterns, incidence, and outcomes of norovirus among hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients. Clostridium difficile and norovirus tests from 1,393 HCT recipients were compared in these analyses. In this population of high-risk patients, norovirus appeared to occur seasonally, but testing was infrequent despite a correlation with more severe disease when compared with patients with C difficile infection.

Keywords: Clostridium difficile; Diagnostics; Diarrhea; Norovirus; Transplant.

MeSH terms

  • Caliciviridae Infections / virology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diarrhea / virology*
  • Female
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norovirus / isolation & purification*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Transplant Recipients*