A 23-year-old man was admitted to hospital with a 12-day history of daily fever. A clinical history revealed that 10 months previously, the patient had been splenectomized and polytransfused for a severe blunt trauma. On admission, laboratory data revealed significant leukocytosis (33,230/ul). The patient's general clinical conditions rapidly worsened into a severe systemic inflammatory response syndrome in four days. After 10 days of broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment, the temperature curve was unmodified and severe leukocytosis persisted (44,300 ul) with absolute lymphocytosis. Laboratory tests ruled out hematological diseases, pneumonia, abscesses and endocarditis. In the light of IgM positivity for CMV (unconfirmed by PCR) and with the support of a PubMed search, we commenced a salvage treatment with intravenous ganciclovir, suspecting a viral infection or reactivation. After two days of therapy, an immediate defervescence was observed with a remarkable clinical improvement. After 10 days, the clinical syndrome had been completely resolved and the patient was discharged in good, general clinical health.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Rivista||International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy