Fatal pneumonia in an adult due to respiratory syncytial virus

Richard M Levenson, O. S. Kantor

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Abstract

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in adults are generally mild, and no fatalities in uninstitutionalized adults have been reported. To our knowledge, we document herein the first case of fatal RSV pneumonia in a previously healthy elderly woman living at home, in whom complement fixation titers against RSV rose from less than 1:8 to reach 1:256 at death. Cytoplasmic inclusions characteristic of RSV were detected at autopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-792
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume147
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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