Καταχωρήθηκε: Παρασκευή 08 Ιαν 2021
Duration of shedding of viable SARS-CoV-2 in severely immunosuppressed  patients with cancer
For most patients with COVID-19, persistently positive nucleic acid 
testing after symptom resolution does not indicate prolonged 
infectiousness. However, accumulating evidence suggests that some 
severely immunocompromised patients may have prolonged shedding of 
viable SARS-CoV-2. One study of 20 patients with a hematologic 
malignancy and COVID-19, 18 of whom had hematopoietic cell 
transplantation or CAR T cell therapy and two with lymphoma, found that 
viable virus could be grown in culture from respiratory samples for up 
to two months after symptom onset. The best way to determine duration of 
isolation for severely immunocompromised patients who have persistently 
positive nucleic acid testing is uncertain. In some cases, information 
about the cycle threshold (Ct) may be incorporated.

REF:  Aydillo T, Gonzalez-Reiche AS, Aslam S, et al. Shedding of Viable 
SARS-CoV-2 after Immunosuppressive Therapy for Cancer. N Engl J Med 

Presenter: Prof.Spyridonidis
Participants: Dr Liga, Dr Tsokanas, Dr Lekka


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