Infect Chemother.  2006 Aug;38(4):224-228.

Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Immunocompromised Adults:2 Case Reports

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. heejinmd@korea.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common etiological agent in children and infants causing pneumonia, bronchitis and bronchiolitis. RSV is rarely associated with lower respiratory tract infection in immunocompetent adults. But in immunocompromised host, the elderly and patients with cardiopulmonary cormobidities, RSV can cause life threatening infections. Nevertheless, this disease is unrecognized by most internists, in part because the possibility of RSV is not considered but also because diagnosis is difficult to make during the acute illness. Early suspicion of RSV infection is important in making accurate diagnosis and preventing unnecessary antibiotic use. The authors report two cases of RSV pneumonia: one in a 62 year old woman with multiple myeloma and the other in a 72 year old woman with malignant lymphoma.

Keyword

Respiratory syncytial virus; Pneumonia; Imnnumocompromised host

MeSH Terms

Adult
Aged
Bronchiolitis
Bronchitis
Child
Diagnosis
Female
Humans
Immunocompromised Host
Infant
Lymphoma
Middle Aged
Multiple Myeloma
Pneumonia
Respiratory Syncytial Viruses*
Respiratory System*
Respiratory Tract Infections*
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