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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-24

Cytomegalovirus infection associated hemophagocytic syndrome

1 Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

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Mohammed Hisham
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.116097

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Virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome (VAHS) is a rare complication in early cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. It is a life-threatening condition characterized by prolonged fever, hepatosplenomegaly, and cytopenia. There is no standard therapy for VAHS and the clinical course is variable. Herein, we report a 3-month-old boy whose clinical and laboratory findings were consistent with CMV infection-associated hemophagocytic syndrome. In spite of prompt diagnosis and treatment, the infant expired due to progressive respiratory failure.

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