Listeriosis in patients with long-term hemodialysis and transfusional iron overload

Am J Med. 1985 Sep;79(3):397-400. doi: 10.1016/0002-9343(85)90322-5.


Over a four-year interval, four cases of Listeria monocytogenes bacteremia were observed among a population of 127 patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis. None had an underlying malignancy or were recently receiving immunosuppressive medications. A search for a predisposing factor suggested a relationship to transfusional iron overload. Although still a rare infection, the possibility of listeriosis must be kept in mind by physicians caring for patients undergoing hemodialysis, particularly those requiring blood transfusions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Erythrocyte Transfusion
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iron / poisoning*
  • Listeriosis / etiology*
  • Listeriosis / immunology
  • Middle Aged
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Sepsis / etiology*
  • Transfusion Reaction*


  • Iron