A survey on incidence and management of adenovirus infection after allogeneic HSCT

Bone Marrow Transplant. 2019 Aug;54(8):1275-1280. doi: 10.1038/s41409-018-0421-0. Epub 2018 Dec 13.


To determine the current practices on the management of Adenovirus (ADV) infection after allogenic stem cell transplantation, a survey was undertook among EBMT centres. The response rate was 20% (91/446): 46% were adult, 44% were paediatric and 10% were mixed centres, respectively. The overall incidence of ADV infection was 7.1%: 4.1% in adult, 15.4% in paediatric, and 3.6% in mixed population. The determination of ADV-DNA in biological samples was used in 96% of centres; 58% of them monitored asymptomatic patients with a frequency of twice a week in 9%, once a week in 45%, every two weeks in 4% of centres. The treatment of ADV infection was mainly based on the administration of cidofovir (87%), being the schedule of 5 mg/kg/week with probenecid the most used, and the reduction of immunosuppression (84%). The threshold of ADV-DNAemia to start cidofovir in high-risk patients was most frequently >1000 copies/ml. Innovative treatments, such as brincidofovir and adoptive ADV-cytotoxic-T-lymphocytes, were used in 27% and 20% of centres, respectively. Almost all responding centres consider ADV infection serious enough to deserve testing asymptomatic or symptomatic patients. Cidofovir and reduction of immunosuppression represent the main therapeutic options but one fourth of responding centres experimented novel therapies.

MeSH terms

  • Adenoviridae Infections / etiology*
  • Adenoviridae Infections / therapy*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / methods
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Transplantation Conditioning / adverse effects*
  • Transplantation Conditioning / methods