Julio C Mendez

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The replication of beta-herpesviruses-cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpesvirus (HHV)-6, and HHV-7-and their association with CMV disease and response to antiviral therapy were prospectively investigated in 33 liver transplant recipients not given antiviral prophylaxis. CMV, HHV-6, and HHV-7 DNA were detected within 8 weeks after transplantation in 70%, 33%,(More)
Clostridium difficile colitis (CDC) remains a serious and common complication after liver transplantation (LT). Four hundred and sixty-seven consecutive LTs in 402 individuals were performed between 1998 and 2001 at our center. Standard immunosuppression consisted of tacrolimus, mycophenolate, and steroids. CD toxins A and B were detected by using a rapid(More)
In a cohort of 43 liver transplant recipients who did not receive antiviral prophylaxis, qualitative and quantitative polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) from peripheral blood were prospectively compared to determine their value in the diagnosis of established cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease and for the early detection of CMV replication as a marker for(More)
UNLABELLED CMV meningitis is a well-documented clinical entity in immunocompromised adults. There are only a few reports in the literature regarding CMV meningitis in immunocompetent adults. CASE REPORT We present the case of an immunocompetent middle-aged woman who presented with fever, nuchal rigidity, confusion, and vomiting. Lumbar puncture revealed(More)
The availability of microbiologic methods that detect early replication of cytomegalovirus (CMV) posttransplantation will enhance the process of initiating preemptive antiviral therapy prior to the appearance of CMV disease. Using PCR techniques we sought to determine which region of the CMV genome present in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) or serum(More)
HHV8 DNA sequences have recently been isolated from all types of Kaposi's sarcomas, and its association in the etiopathogenesis of this tumor has been established. However, little is known about the regulation of HHV8 replication in immunocompromised patients seropositive for this virus, and its impact on the development of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Through(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) strains resistant to ganciclovir have been associated with specific mutations in the UL97 and UL54 genes. The UL97 gene of a CMV strain isolated from a renal transplant recipient before and after 438 days of ganciclovir treatment was amplified by polymerase chain reaction and sequenced. A novel mutation resulting in deletion of codons(More)
BACKGROUND Following introduction of effective antiviral prophylaxis, recurrent hepatitis B after liver transplantation (LT) has become a rare event. MATERIAL/METHODS From 1998 to 2001, 402 patients underwent 467 LTs at our center including 24 individuals (28 LTs) with chronic hepatitis B. All patients received HBIg prophylaxis; 23 in combination with(More)
Bartonella henselae has not only been identified as the causative agent of cat scratch disease, but it is also associated with other significant infectious syndromes in the immunocompromised population. We describe two cases of B. henselae associated diseases in liver transplant recipients who both had contact with cats. The first recipient developed(More)
Peritonitis occurring after liver transplantation (PLT) has been poorly characterized to date. The aims of this study were to define the incidence, risk factors, microbiology profiles, and outcome of nonlocalized PLT. This was a retrospective study of 950 cadaveric liver transplantation (LT) procedures in 837 patients, followed for a mean of 1,086 days(More)