Other Viruses That Affect the Liver

  • Authors: Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc, FAST (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 9/4/18 (What's New)


  • VZV hepatitis in solid organ transplantation recipients is almost always due to reactivation of latent VZV rather than primary VZV infection
  • Early diagnosis and treatment with IV acyclovir are crucial for graft survival and to control disseminated infection
  • During the early posttransplantation period, many current regimens used for CMV prevention (valganciclovir, ganciclovir, or high-dose acyclovir) will likely prevent VZV reactivation[Pergam 2013]

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