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December 01, 2020
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Post-Transplant Viral Load Monitoring: Improving Practices and Clinical Considerations


Associate Professor,
Harvard Medical School

Infectious Disease Specialist,
Mayo Clinic

Management of viral infections is critical to prevent severe morbidities and consequences in immune-suppressed transplant patients. While the infections of concern may vary between patient cohorts and transplant populations, cytomegalovirus, BK virus, and Epstein-Barr virus are amongst the most tested in transplant management.

There are diagnostic challenges associated with detecting and monitoring for increases in viral loads related to these infections, including commutability and diminished inter-laboratory agreement. These factors mean that results may vary between centers, and interpretation of viral loads and consequent patient management can be challenging. It is important that laboratorians and clinicians are able to work together to assess results and decide what the results mean for patient management.

  • This webinar will use case studies to explore:
    • How clinicians manage patients presenting with low viral loads
    • How discordant viral DNA results from different centers are managed
  • There will be an open discussion session between the expert speakers, considering:
    • The challenges to standardized viral testing
    • How laboratorians and clinicians can work together to improve care for patients
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