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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

On-line version ISSN 1678-9946

Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo vol.35 no.5 São Paulo Sept./Oct. 1993 



Transmission of Chagas' disease through transplantede kidney: occurrence of the acute form of the disease in two recipients from the same donor


Transmissão da doença de Chagas por transplante renal. Ocorrência da forma aguda da doença em dois receptores de um mesmo doador



A.S. FerrazI; J.F.C. FigueiredoII

IDepartment of Surgery. Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo. 14049-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
IIDepartment of Internal Medicine. Discipline of Infectious and Tropical Diseases. Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo. 14049-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

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Two cases of acute Chagas' disease acquired after renal transplantation are reported. The two patients received the kidney from the same donor. The present paper confirms this form of transmission of Chagas' disease and reinforces the need to exclude kidney donors with Trypanosoma cruzi infection.

Keywords: Chagas' disease; Renal transplantation; Trypanosoma cruzi; Chagas' disease transmission.


São apresentados dois casos de doença de Chagas aguda, adquiridos através de transplante de rins originários de um mesmo doador. O presente relato confirma a transmissão da doença de Chagas a partir do transplante renal e reforça a necessidade de exclusão de doadores renais infectados pelo Trypanosoma cruzi.



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Prof. Dr. A.S. Ferraz
Departamento de Cirurgia, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo
14049-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

Recebido para publicação em 5/4/93.
Aceito para publicação em 12/5/93.

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