2009, Number 1
Enf Infec Microbiol 2009; 29 (1)
Hemorrhagic Dengue / Dengue shock syndrome in a cardiac transplanted patient: the first case report and review of literature
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ABSTRACTDengue fever (DF), dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) are little known and topics studied in the context of transplant patients (especially in cardiac transplants). In our knowledge there are no reports in the literature on dengue cases in cardiac transplant patients.
Objective. To make the report of a patient who develops a hemorrhagic dengue and dengue shock syndrome secondary to a heart transplant.
Materials and method. We made search enlarged in the literature available on the Internet through Medline, Embase, Lilacs, Birene and search specific servers as Blackwell-Synergy, Ingenta, Sciencedirect, Wiley Interscience, Thieme, Oxford, Ovid, Cambridge University Press, The University of Chicago Press and EBSCO in the period from 1984 to August 2007.
Conclusion. The available literature about dengue in the transplant patient is weak, with no published descriptions of dengue in cardiac transplant patients. The highest amount of literature is given almost exclusively by descriptive studies of dengue patients in post-renal transplant. These groups of patients may open up great opportunities for the understanding of the disease and its pathophysiology, as well as the change in the evaluation in the patient transplanted in tropical areas endemic for certain infections.