HHV-6 is an evolving pathogen in the field of AlloHCT. However, the impact of HHV-6 on AlloHCT outcomes remains to be elucidated. We studied the incidence and clinical impact of HHV-6 viremia in children following AlloHCT. One hundred consecutive children were monitored weekly by plasma PCR for the first 180 days following AlloHCT for HHV-6, CMV, EBV, and ADV. HHV-6 viremia was defined as plasma PCR >1000 viral copies/mL. The median age was nine yr. Following AlloHCT, 19% (95% CI 11.3-26.7%) of patients had HHV-6 viremia, with the highest incidence of reactivation (14/19, 73%) occurring during day +15-day +98. The proportion of platelet engraftment by day +180 was lower in patients with HHV-6 viremia (58%) than in those without HHV-6 viremia (82%), p = 0.028. Delay in neutrophil and platelet engraftment was not associated with HHV-6 viremia in multivariate analysis. Similarly, HHV-6 viremia was not associated with TRM in multivariate analysis (p = 0.15). In summary, HHV-6 viremia is prevalent in pediatric AlloHCT recipients. Based on our study results, we recommend that HHV-6 PCR should only be performed on clinical suspicion.
- hematopoietic stem cell transplant
- human herpesvirus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health