Roy F. Chemaly, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP - Changing the Paradigm of CMV Management: New Science and More Choices for Challenging Cases in the HCT Setting
Go online to PeerView.com/ZXF860 to view the activity, download slides and practice aids, and complete the post-test to earn credit. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a leading opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients, including allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) recipients, where primary infection or reactivation is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Antiviral drugs are the mainstay for the prevention of CMV infection and disease, most commonly with valganciclovir. However, valganciclovir use is often associated with adverse drug reactions, most notably leukopenia and neutropenia, and its widespread use has led to the emergence of antiviral resistance. Foscarnet and cidofovir, however, are associated with nephrotoxicity. After many years of few tangible advances, we are now experiencing an exciting period characterized by novel antiviral agents for CMV. Indeed, letermovir was recently approved for CMV prophylaxis in allogeneic HCT recipients, and data suggest that maribavir has the potential to address the unmet need of treating relapsed or resistant CMV infections. In this activity, based on a live symposium, experts offer insight into managing CMV in HCT recipients in a new era of antiviral therapy. Foundational guidance is combined with a discussion of real cases. Hear about best practices in preventing CMV infection in patients undergoing HCT, as well as the potential role of novel antiviral therapies in resistant/refractory CMV. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: Discuss the burden of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection among hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) recipients, Assess the latest clinical trial data regarding novel strategies to prevent and treat CMV infection in the HCT setting, Employ strategies to prevent and treat CMV infection in individual HCT recipients, considering current evidence, expert recommendations, and clinical trial enrollment for appropriate patients.