Journal article

Cytomegalovirus DNAemia and disease: current-era epidemiology, clinical characteristics and outcomes in cancer patients other than allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation.

Kim H Tay, Monica A Slavin, Karin A Thursky, Julien Coussement, Leon J Worth, Benjamin W Teh, Amit Khot, Constantine S Tam, Michelle K Yong

Intern Med J | Wiley | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: High-intensity chemotherapy and advances in novel immunotherapies have seen the emergence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections in cancer patients other than allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We therefore aimed to evaluate the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of CMV infection in this population. METHOD: A retrospective review of cancer patients other than allogeneic HCT who had CMV DNAemia and/or disease from July 2013 till May 2020 at a quaternary cancer center was performed. RESULTS: Of 11,485 cancer patients who underwent treatment during this period, 953 patients had CMV DNA testing performed and 238 of them had CMV DNAemia..

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