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An outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus infection in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation outpatients: good outcome without specific antiviral treatment.
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PMID:  22783905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of seasonal respiratory viral infection in hematopoietic stem cell transplantations (HSCT) patients. The efficacy of treatment, however, remains controversial. We describe an outbreak of 31 cases of RSV that occurred in an HSCT outpatient care unit in the fall season from March through May 2010, with a good outcome without any specific antiviral treatment. METHODS: During these 3 months, 222 nasal wash samples were tested and, of these, 31 outpatients were positive for RSV. In 2009, 99 samples had been tested and only 10 outpatients were positive for RSV in the same period. RESULTS: Seven (22.5%) patients had severe neutropenia (<500 cells/μL); severe lymphopenia (<200 cells/μL) was present in 13 (41.9%) patients, and 14 (45%) had received intravenous broad-spectrum antibiotics. Hospitalization was necessary only for 8 patients (25.8%); 20 had lower respiratory tract infection (64.5%). Only 1 patient died as a result of proven invasive aspergillosis. CONCLUSION: This report suggests that HSCT outpatients with no risk factors may not always require specific treatment for RSV.
E T Mendes; J Ramos; D Peixoto; F Dulley; T Alves; L S Vilas Boas; M V Batista; D P da Silva; A S Levin; M A Shikanai-Yasuda; S F Costa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Transplant infectious disease : an official journal of the Transplantation Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1399-3062     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883688     Medline TA:  Transpl Infect Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Departamento de Molestias Infecciosas, Hospital das Clínicas-Faculdade de Medicina Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil.
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