AbstractOf the two human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) species, human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) encephalitis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Guidelines for the management of HHV-6 infections in patients with hematologic malignancies or post-transplant were prepared a decade ago but there have been no other guidelines since then despite significant advances in the understanding of HHV-6 encephalitis, its therapy, and other aspects of HHV-6 disease in this patient population. Revised guidelines prepared at the 2017 European Conference on Infections in Leukaemia covering diagnosis, preventative strategies and management of HHV-6 disease are now presented.
Over the past ten years, it has been recognized that human herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A) and HHV-6B are distinct species,1 HHV-6B not HHV-6A is the most frequent cause of encephalitis post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) and that chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (CIHHV-6) is clinically significant. Revised European Conference on Infections in Leukemia (ECIL) HHV-6 guidelines were prepared after a literature review by a group of experts, and discussed at a plenary session on September 22, 2017 until consensus. Those guidelines specifically applying to treatment were graded according to pre-ordained criteria (Table 1) for level of evidence and strength of recommendation; participants were hematologists, microbiologists and infectious disease specialists with expertise on infectious complications in hematology. (A list of ECIL meeting participants is provided in the Online Supplementary Appendix.) A final slide set was posted on the ECIL website (www.ecil-leukaemia.com) on October 2, 2017 and made available for open consultation.
Human herpesvirus 6A and human herpesvirus 6B
The two species of HHV-6, HHV-6A and HHV-6B infect and establish latency in different cell types including CD4 positive T lymphocytes, monocytes, and other epithelial, fibroblastic and neuronal cells.2 No disease has been causally linked to HHV-6A, and its natural history is unknown. In contrast, HHV-6B primary infection is ubiquitous in the first two years of life sometimes causing exanthema subitum; subsequent viral latency gives the potential for reactivation and disease.
Chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6
As well as the almost universal postnatal acquisition of HHV-6B, in approximately 1% of humans the complete genome of HHV-6A or HHV-6B is integrated into a chromosomal telomere in every nucleated cell in the body and is transmitted through Mendelian inheritance.43 Although HHV-6A is rare in the general population, HHV-6A and HHV-6B are encountered in approximately one-third and two-thirds of individuals with CIHHV-6, respectively.5 Telomeric integration sites have been identified on different chromosomes using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).6 Integration is normally restricted to a particular chromosome per individual but very rarely two sites, if inherited from both parents.3
Human herpesvirus 6 DNA detected in blood usually indicates virus replication. However, in individuals with CIHHV-6, viral DNA in latent form originating from human chromosomal DNA is persistently detected at high levels in whole blood as well as in “cell free” samples such as serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), since the latter contain cellular DNA released from damaged cells during sample preparation.87 Although HHV-6B encephalitis is an accepted, albeit rare, complication of primary HHV-6B infection in young children, HHV-6 DNA in the CSF of older immunocompetent children and adults is most likely due to latent virus originating from CIHHV-6 rather than central nervous system (CNS) infection.98
Chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 and potential for disease post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
There is limited evidence of symptomatic reactivation of CIHHV-6. One report demonstrated CIHHV-6A reacti vation in a child with severe combined immunodeficiency and hemophagocytic syndrome pre-HSCT and thrombotic microangiopathy post-HSCT.10 Two other reports from settings other than HSCT give evidence for symptomatic reactivation in a patient treated with a histone deacetylase inhibitor11 and a patient who received a liver transplant from a donor with CIHHV-6A.12
Despite the above case of reactivation with accompanying morbidity post-HSCT,10 this has not been reported in the few other cases where CIHHV-6 was identified in the donor or recipient,1613 and the frequency and type of diseases caused by CIHHV-6 in HSCT recipients remain unknown. A recent study of 87 patients with CIHHV-6 in HSCT donors and/or recipients demonstrated an association with acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation, but there was no effect on overall or non-relapse mortality.17 Neither has an increased frequency of CIHHV-6 been identified in a range of hematologic malignancies.2117 None of these studies was designed to address the likelihood that integration into different chromosomal sites might have different pathological consequences and vary according to HHV-6 species.
Human herpesvirus 6 and disease in patients with hematologic malignancies or post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
In patients with hematologic malignancies without HSCT, there is little evidence that HHV-6 causes disease. Post-HSCT the high frequency of HHV-6B reactivation, plus the difficulty of identifying CIHHV-6, causes substantial challenges in determining the pathogenic role of HHV-6 in disease. For autologous transplants, there are insufficient data for a causal association with end-organ disease. However, after allogeneic HSCT, HHV-6B is associated with several syndromes and is a well recognized cause of encephalitis with high morbidity and mortality.
Primary human herpesvirus 6 infection
This is defined as the first detection of HHV-6 replication in an individual with no evidence of previous infection. Normally this would be accompanied by HHV-6 seroconversion, but severely immunocompromised HSCT recipients may not develop antibodies. Donor-derived CIHHV-6 must be excluded.
Human herpesvirus 6 reactivation
Given the difficulty distinguishing between reactivation of latent virus (endogenous) and reinfection (exogenous), in clinical practice the term HHV-6 reactivation is applied to both scenarios and is defined as new detection of HHV-6 in individuals with evidence of previous infection; this latter can be assumed in individuals older than two years. The diagnosis usually relies on the presence of HHV-6 DNA in peripheral blood but other methods and samples are sometimes used. Reactivation is not proven if newly detected HHV-6 DNA is due to donor-or recipient-derived CIHHV-6 since latently-integrated viral DNA cannot be distinguished from replicating virus DNA. See below for tests for CIHHV-6 and its reactivation.
Human herpesvirus 6 diagnostic testing
Antibody tests cannot distinguish between HHV-6A and HHV-6B and are not indicated in HSCT patients. Table 2 gives an overview of possible diagnostic tests.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the mainstay of HHV-6 diagnosis and a variety of real-time PCR assays for HHV-6 DNA load are available.2322 Not all differentiate between HHV-6A and HHV-6B, and agreement between laboratories for HHV-6 DNA levels is poor.2422 However, a World Health Organization standard for HHV-6B DNA is now available (http://www.nibsc.org/documents/ifu/15-266.pdf).
- Quantitative PCR that distinguishes between HHV-6A and HHV-6B DNA is recommended for diagnosis of infection.
- For a given patient, repeat HHV-6 DNA testing should be performed using the same DNA extraction method, quantitative PCR and type of specimen.
Interpretation of DNA testing post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the presence of chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6
If a HSCT donor has CIHHV-6, HHV-6 DNA load in blood will increase post-HSCT in parallel with leukocyte engraftment,251613 and antivirals will have no effect on the quantity of the latently integrated viral DNA.26 Alternatively, if the recipient has CIHHV-6, high levels of HHV-6 DNA will be detected pre-HSCT in blood and will decrease alongside recipient leukocytes post-transplant.2714 Importantly, in this latter situation, HHV-6 DNA will continue to be detected at high levels in non-hematopoietic tissue throughout the body28 (Table 3).
Tests for chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6
Currently there is no indication for routine testing of HSCT donors or recipients for CIHHV-6. However, in clinically ambiguous cases, such testing can be important to avoid unnecessary, potentially toxic, antiviral therapy.
Chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 should be suspected in the donor and/or recipient if HHV-6 DNA detection follows one of the patterns described in Table 3 or if HHV-6A is detected. Where necessary, CIHHV-6 can easily be excluded by a negative HHV-6 DNA test on a blood/serum sample taken pre-transplant from the recipient or at any time from the donor. Individuals with CIHHV-6 have characteristic persistently high levels of HHV-6 DNA in whole blood (>5.5 log10 copies/mL) and in serum (100-fold lower than that in whole blood for a given patient).75 The level of DNA detected in plasma varies depending on the timing of separation from whole blood.29
A ratio of one copy of HHV-6 DNA/cellular genome confirms the diagnosis of CIHHV-6. Droplet digital PCR29 is the most accurate method as it gives an absolute number. Comparison of two quantitative real-time PCR results (one for HHV-6 and one for a human gene present in all nucleated cells) is also acceptable albeit with a significant margin of error due to inherent assay imprecision.7 HHV-6 DNA is present in hair follicles and nails exclusively in persons with CIHHV-6.194
- If CIHHV-6 is suspected, whole blood or serum or cellular samples or leftover DNA taken from donor and/or recipient pre-HSCT should be tested by quantitative PCR that distinguishes between HHV-6A and HHV-6B DNA. Testing plasma is not recommended.
- CIHHV-6 can be confirmed by evidence of one copy of viral DNA/cellular genome, or viral DNA in hair follicles/nails, or by FISH demonstrating HHV-6 integrated into a human chromosome.
Tests for chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus 6 reactivation
This must be confirmed by virus culture plus viral genome sequencing to confirm identity of the viral isolate with the integrated virus.
Human herpesvirus 6B end-organ disease and other outcomes post-hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Human herpesvirus 6B primary infection versus reactivation
Only two cases of primary HHV-6B infection after allogeneic HSCT have been reported; these were in very young children and were accompanied by fever and rash.3130 In contrast, various end-organ diseases and other complications post-HSCT have been associated with HHV-6B reactivation. But apart from encephalitis and fever with rash, the evidence for causation is moderate or weak (Table 4).
Human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis and its definition
The first described encephalitis case32 was followed by many confirmatory reports.33 Zerr and Ogata analyzed the accumulated published data and provided evidence for a causal association between HHV-6 and encephalitis using the Bradford Hill criteria.34
The most frequent cause of encephalitis after allogeneic transplant is HHV-6. When the species is identified, it is almost invariably HHV-6B. Of the only three reported patients with HHV-6A encephalitis, one had an atypical presentation and the other two had unrecognized CIHHV-6.9 In one of these two, testing of archived samples confirmed CIHHV-6A pre-HSCT,35 but the question remained as to whether reactivation of the virus causing encephalitis or an alternative unidentified cause was responsible. Whether CIHHV-6B can reactivate causing encephalitis is theoretically possible, but requires viral culture and sequencing to distinguish childhood-acquired HHV-6B from integrated virus.
Human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis typically presents early as post-transplant acute limbic encephalitis (PALE). CSF protein and cell counts are often unremarkable (see Table 5 for further clinical features). Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be negative at the start of the disease, changes in the temporal lobe are demonstrated in approximately 60% of cases.36 However, similar observations occur in limbic encephalitis caused by other infectious agents.37 Extrahippocampal abnormalities may occur in areas such as the entorhinal cortex or amygdala.38 Temporal lobe seizures are relatively frequent but focal neurological deficits are rare. Computed tomography of the brain is often normal. Electroencephalograms are usually diffusely abnormal sometimes involving the temporal region. Autopsy reveals hippocampal disease with HHV-6 protein in astrocytes and neurons suggesting local virus reactivation32 rather than an indirect effect of virally-induced neuroinflammation. Notably, a retrospective study39 showed that only one-third of HHV-6 encephalitis patients had the typical features of PALE.
Different studies have used different definitions of HHV-6 encephalitis.40 Ideally the definition would require proof of HHV-6 infection in tissue samples from the affected part of the brain. However, given the impracticality of such an approach and the epidemiological evidence, the definition below can replace the need for brain biopsy.
- Diagnosis of HHV-6B encephalitis should be based on HHV-6 DNA in CSF coinciding with acute-onset altered mental status (encephalopathy), or short-term memory loss, or seizures.
- Other likely infectious or non-infectious causes must be excluded.
- CIHHV-6 in donor and recipient should be excluded.
- If CIHHV-6 is detected, evidence for CIHHV-6 reactivation in the CSF or brain tissue is necessary to implicate CIHHV-6.
Other central nervous system dysfunction
Apart from encephalitis post-HSCT, HHV-6 has been associated with CNS disease ranging from headache to delirium and neurocognitive decline;4341 patients whose donors or recipients had CIHHV-6 were excluded in two of these studies.4342 HHV-6 has also been associated with myelitis, pruritis and dysesthesia in Japanese patients.44 Notably, HHV-6 DNA can be found in CSF in patients without CNS symptoms.42
Risk factors for human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis
Human herpesvirus 6B reactivation in blood (i.e. viremia) is a major risk factor and occurs in approximately half of allogeneic transplant recipients in the first few weeks post-HSCT.4645 The highest rates are seen after umbilical cord blood transplantation (CBT); in a prospective cohort of 125 cord blood recipients, HHV-6B reactivation was documented in 94%.47 In a multicenter prospective study, Ogata et al.48 showed that reactivation precedes or coincides with HHV-6 encephalitis and that ≥10,000 copies/mL in plasma correlated with onset of disease with 100% sensitivity and 64.6% specificity. Similar values of 100% and 81% respectively were obtained in a much larger retrospective study.49
However, not all patients develop encephalitis when the plasma HHV-6 DNA level is high, and other factors are involved, usually related to poor T-cell function, such as T-cell depleted allografts, CBT, a mismatched or unrelated donor, acute GvHD and treatment with glucocorticoids.50 A retrospective cohort study of 1,344 patients showed CBT is a major risk factor [adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) 20.0; P<0.001], as well as acute GvHD grades II-IV (aHR 7.5; P<0.001) and use of mismatched unrelated donors (aHR 4.3; P<0.04).49 A subsequent systematic review and meta-analysis of all relevant HSCT studies also demonstrated the incidence of HHV-6 encephalitis was significantly higher post-CBT than other stem cell sources (8.3% vs. 0.5%; P<0.001).40 Ogata et al.36 used the Japanese Adult Transplant Registry and identified 145 patients with HHV-6 encephalitis; the relative risk for CBT was 11.09 (P<0.001) and 9.48 (P<0.001) for HLA-mismatched unrelated donors. Haploidentical transplant recipients may also be at high risk of HHV-6B encephalitis based on a combined report of two small studies51 where, in an attempt to improve engraftment and reduce GvHD, donor cells were depleted of naïve T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, but memory T cells remained. Finally, pre-engraftment syndrome might be a risk factor for HHV-6 encephalitis.50
Prognosis of human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis
Zerr33 reviewed the outcome in the many previous detailed descriptions of individual patients; 11 of 44 (25%) died within 1-4 weeks of diagnosis, 6 (14%) showed improvement but died with various unrelated medical problems, 8 (18%) improved but with lingering neurological compromise, and 19 (43%) appeared to make a full recovery. In a single retrospective study, Hill et al.49 reported 19 patients with PALE; attributable mortality was higher after CBT (5 of 10) than in recipients of adult donor stem cells (0 of 9). In a much larger number of allogeneic HSCT recipients,36 neuropsychological sequelae were reported in 57% of encephalitic patients with an overall survival rate of 58.3% in those with encephalitis as opposed to 80.5% in those without.
Other retrospective surveys of small numbers of patients have reported variable outcomes in terms of mortality and neurological sequelae including temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE).50 Long-term consequences of HHV-6 encephalitis post-HSCT in children may include a new syndrome, involving generalized epilepsy (as opposed to TLE in adults) together with cognitive regression and delayed intellectual development.5352
Human herpesvirus 6B myelosuppression and allograft failure
Evidence for a causal association is moderate (Table 4). HHV-6B infects hematologic progenitor cells in vitro thereby reducing colony formation.54 Virus reactivation post-HSCT has been frequently associated with myelosuppression and delayed engraftment, particularly involving platelets565546 and also allograft failure.5857
- If there is failed engraftment, blood or bone marrow should be tested for HHV-6B DNA.
- Other likely infectious or non-infectious causes must be excluded.
- CIHHV-6 in donor and recipient should be excluded.
Other end-organ diseases
Evidence for a causal association of HHV-6 with other disease post-HSCT is weak (Table 4). Viral DNA in tissue is not diagnostic as it may reflect HHV-6 DNAemia or inflammation with consequent infiltrating HHV-6 infected lymphocytes.
Pneumonitis remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality post-HSCT, and HHV-6 has been implicated as a potential cause.59 Studies using heterogeneous populations and methods, including patients with hematologic malignancies with and without HSCT, have produced variable results.6260 A recent study applied molecular testing for 28 pathogens in bronchoalveolar lavage samples from HSCT recipients previously diagnosed with idiopathic pneumonia syndrome. HHV-6 was the most common pathogen (29% of cases) identified, and it was the only pathogen in approximately half of these.63 However, the clinical significance of this finding remains to be determined.
Although there are many reports of HHV-6B-associated hepatitis after liver transplantation, this has only been well documented in two cases post-HSCT,6564 both of which describe acute hepatitis successfully treated with ganciclovir. HHV-6B DNA was demonstrated in hepatic tissue by immunohistochemistry.
- In suspected end-organ disease other than failed engraftment or encephalitis, tissue from the affected organ should be tested for HHV-6 infection by culture, immunochemistry, in situ hybridization or reverse transcription PCR for mRNA.
- PCR for HHV-6 DNA in tissue is not recommended for documentation of HHV-6 disease.
- Other likely infectious or non-infectious causes must be excluded.
- CIHHV-6 in donor and recipient should be excluded.
Human herpesvirus 6B and cytomegalovirus reactivation
Human herpesvirus 6B reactivation has been associated with an increased risk of subsequent CMV reactivation and disease post-HSCT,6645 although this was not replicated in another study.67 One study suggests that HHV-6 reactivation may indicate cellular immunosuppression which also predisposes to CMV reactivation.68 In vitro studies of HHV-6 reactivation demonstrate that HHV-6B infection might contribute to CMV reactivation through inhibition of IL-12 production.7069
Human herpesvirus 6B acute graft-versus-host disease and increased all-cause mortality
A well-designed study established an association between HHV-6B reactivation and subsequent acute GvHD.71 A meta-analysis of 11 such studies demonstrated a statistically significant association between HHV-6B and subsequent grade II-IV acute GvHD (HR: 2.65; 95%CI: 1.89-3.72; P<0.001).72
Human herpesvirus 6B reactivation has also been associated with increased all-cause mortality post-HSCT.74734645 However, whether HHV-6B directly or indirectly impacts on mortality in the absence of clinically apparent end-organ disease remains unclear.
Antiviral drugs and immunotherapy
Ganciclovir, foscarnet, and cidofovir inhibit HHV-6 replication in vitro.75 Whilst in vitro studies support the potential for HHV-6 to develop resistance to the above antiviral agents, very few case reports have described the emergence of drug-resistant isolates, specifically to ganciclovir, and after lengthy exposure in the clinical setting.7976 Additionally, the use of valganciclovir or ganciclovir treatment for CMV disease did not result in the emergence of drug-resistant HHV-6 mutants in a large prospective trial of solid organ transplant patients.80
New treatment modalities for HHV-6 are needed due to the nephrotoxic and myelosuppressive properties of the available agents. Brincidofovir (or CMX-001) has high in vitro activity against HHV-6 species81 but has significant gastrointestinal toxicity;82 an intravenous formulation under development may be better tolerated.83 However, this drug is not currently available for clinical use. Adoptive immunotherapy with virus-specific T cells is an exciting new therapeutic approach for HHV-6.8584 This approach appears to be safe and potentially effective in small, uncontrolled studies.
Prevention of human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis
Human herpesvirus 6B DNA screening during the high-risk period post-HSCT is impractical as HHV-6 reactivation often coincides with the onset of disease.48 Effective pre-emptive or prophylactic strategies have not been identified. Three prospective, non-randomized studies of prophylactic foscarnet (pre-or post-engraftment) did not significantly lower the incidence of encephalitis.8886 Similarly, two prospective, non-randomized studies of pre-emptive ganciclovir or foscarnet did not reduce the incidence of HHV-6B encephalitis.9089 Failure of these approaches may be a result of inadequate dosing due to concerns about toxicity and resultant insufficient drug penetration into the CSF. Thus, routine HHV-6 DNA screening is not recommended for pre-emptive or prophylactic therapy, in any context.
- Routine screening of HHV-6 DNA in blood post-HSCT is not recommended (DIIu)
- Anti-HHV-6 prophylactic or pre-emptive therapy is not recommended for the prevention of HHV-6B reactivation or encephalitis post-HSCT (DIIu)
Treatment of human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis
Zerr et al.91 demonstrated a response of HHV-6 to ganciclovir or foscarnet as measured by DNA in the CSF or serum of allogeneic HSCT patients. Ljungman et al.92 reported reductions in the HHV-6 load in saliva in patients receiving ganciclovir for pre-emptive therapy of CMV. Vu et al.93 described positive responses in 4 of 5 patients treated with foscarnet.
On the basis of the above results, foscarnet or ganciclovir were recommended for treatment of HHV-6 encephalitis post-HSCT.94 Since then a substantial amount of additional evidence supports the use of ganciclovir and foscarnet. Hill et al.49 treated 18 patients with HHV-6 PALE with foscarnet 180 mg/kg/day and symptoms improved in most. Schmidt-Hieber et al.95 reported a response rate of 63% with either foscarnet or ganciclovir therapy for HHV-6 encephalitis. More recently, data comparing the use of ganciclovir with foscarnet in Japanese patients36 showed response rates of neurological symptoms were 83.8% and 71.4% with foscarnet monotherapy and ganciclovir monotherapy, respectively (P=0.10, Fisher’s exact test). Full-dose therapy with foscarnet (≥180 mg/kg) or ganciclovir (≥10 mg/kg) was associated with a better response rate than treatment with lower doses (foscarnet, 93% vs. 74%, P=0.044; ganciclovir, 84% vs. 58%, P=0.047). The response rate of ten patients receiving combination therapy with various doses of foscarnet and ganciclovir was 100%. However, the small sample size limits conclusions regarding whether combination therapy is superior to monotherapy, and drug toxicity is an important consideration. Death from any cause within 30 days after development of HHV-6 encephalitis was significantly lower in patients who received foscarnet and significantly higher in patients who received ganciclovir, but this was in unadjusted descriptive analyses.
Information on the clinical use of cidofovir for the treatment of HHV-6 encephalitis is limited to two case reports;9796 in one cidofovir was interrupted due to drug toxicity and in the other the drug was combined with foscarnet.
- Intravenous foscarnet or ganciclovir are recommended for treatment of HHV-6B encephalitis. Drug selection should be dictated by the drug’s side effects and the patient’s comorbidities (AIIu).
- The recommended doses are 90 mg/kg b.d. for foscarnet and 5 mg/kg b.d. for ganciclovir (AIIu).
- Antiviral therapy should be for at least three weeks and until testing demonstrates clearance of HHV-6 DNA from blood and, if possible, CSF (CIII).
- Combined ganciclovir and foscarnet therapy can be considered (CIII).
- Immunosuppressive medications should be reduced if possible (BIII).
- There are insufficient data on the use of cidofovir to make a recommendation.
Treatment of human herpesvirus 6B associated end-organ diseases other than encephalitis
Since the strength of associations with other end-organ diseases is moderate or weak, there are insufficient data to guide a recommendation for antiviral treatment.
- No recommendation can be made.
Human herpesvirus 6B is the primary cause of infectious encephalitis after allogeneic HSCT. Studies of prevention and treatment strategies for this disease are urgently required to improve outcomes using novel therapeutic approaches, such as new antiviral drugs and immunotherapy.
As regards other possible HHV-6B end-organ diseases post-HSCT, improved RNA diagnostic tests are necessary to demonstrate active viral replication (in situ hybridization and/or reverse transcription PCR).
Understanding the pathogenic potential of HHV-6 and CIHHV-6 requires that all prospective studies on HSCT patients and health outcomes use tests on both donor and recipient that distinguish HHV-6A from HHV-6B.
The authors would like to thank Thierry Calandra for chairing the ECIL HHV-6 session and the ECIL participants. We also thank GL events, Lyon, France for organizing the meeting.
- ↵* A joint project of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Infectious Diseases Group, European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Infectious Diseases Working Party, European Leukaemia Net-Project 15: Supportive Care and the International Immunocompromised Host Society
- Check the online version for the most updated information on this article, online supplements, and information on authorship & disclosures: www.haematologica.org/content/104/11/2155
- Funding The ECIL meeting (Sept 21-23, 2017) was supported by unrestricted grants from Astellas, Basilea, Chimerix, Clinigen, Gilead, MSD, Pfizer and Shire. None of these pharmaceutical companies had any role in the selection of experts and the scope and purpose of the guidelines, or the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data and editing the guidelines.
- Received April 1, 2019.
- Accepted August 27, 2019.
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