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The goal of this Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) study is to better understand the nature of EBV infection after organ transplantation and determine why different amounts of this virus stay in the bodies of children who have received transplants. It will also explore why some of these children tolerate the virus well with no symptoms, while others experience serious disease due to EBV. Study researchers hope to better understand infections caused by EBV and develop better methods of treating illness caused by EBV.
Children and young adults under the age of 21 who have undergone heart, lung or heart/lung transplant at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh are eligible to participate in this study.
Boys: Newborn through 20 years
Girls: Newborn through 20 years
The study team will obtain small blood draws during the course of the patient’s normal examinations at regular intervals and for up to 5 years following the participant’s transplant.
Visits: No visits beyond regular patient examinations
Duration: Up to 5 years
National Institutes of Health
Diana M. Metes, MD
For information, please contact:
Maggie Abraham, CCRC
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