Dr. Shirley Schlessinger and Dr. Kenneth Kokko: Rare Infection in Transplant Recipient

Dr. Kenneth Kokko, medical director of kidney transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, believes that the first human-to-human transfer of an amoeba organism, an exceptionally rare infection has been passed from an organ donor to at least one transplant recipient.  The organism, known as Balamuthia mandrillaris is a tiny parasite found in soil that causes encephalitis in humans was confirmed to be found in a transplant recipient.

Dr. Shirley Schlessinger, an internal medicine specialist and medical director of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency said:  “The thing we don’t want to happen is for people to take this rare and extraordinary anomaly and think it speaks to a lack of safety. Despite the fact that doctors can’t test for everything, the potential benefits of organ transplants far outweigh the risks.”

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