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Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Caused by Respiratory Syncytial Virus inImmunocompromised Adults:2 Case Reports
Sun Jae Lee, M.D.1, Ji Yun Noh, M.D.1, Won Suk Choi, M.D.1, Sae Yoon Kee, M.D.1, Joon Young Song, M.D.1Chang Kyu Lee, M.D.2, Woo Joo Kim, M.D.1, and Hee Jin Cheong, M.D.1
Departments of 1Internal Medicine, 2Pathology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Vol.38 Num.4 (p224~228)
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.
Keywords : Respiratory syncytial virus, Pneumonia, Imnnumocompromised host