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Kristoffer Vogler, Lisbeth Samsø Schmidt
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is globally prevalent and in adolescents mostly observed as infectious mononucleosis. Abnormal liver blood tests are common, whereas more serious hepatitis is less prevalent. Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia may also occur in the course of this infection. We report a case of a 15-year-old girl with cholestatic hepatitis and autoimmune haemolytic anaemia associated with EBV infection. The Donath-Landsteiner test was positive suggesting paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria. She was treated with supportive care and discharged in recovery after three weeks...
March 5, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Samantha K Dunmire, Priya S Verghese, Henry H Balfour
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects about 90% of adults worldwide. It is the main cause of infectious mononucleosis, which is observed most frequently in adolescents. The disease can last several weeks and is characterized by lymphocytosis, sore throat, lymphadenopathy, and fatigue. Exposure to oral secretions during deep kissing has been identified as the major source for primary EBV infection in adolescents. Oral secretions are also thought to be the source for younger children through intimate intact or sharing food and eating utensils, although this has not been confirmed...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Pharyngitis is a common disease in the emergency department (ED). Despite a relatively low incidence of complications, there are many dangerous conditions that can mimic this disease and are essential for the emergency physician to consider. OBJECTIVE: This article provides a review of the evaluation and management of group A β-hemolytic Streptococcal (GABHS) pharyngitis, as well as important medical conditions that can mimic this disease. DISCUSSION: GABHS pharyngitis often presents with fever, sore throat, tonsillar exudates, and anterior cervical lymphadenopathy...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kimberly Boyd, Joshua M Harrison, Michael J Kavanaugh
The heterophile antibody (Monospot), initial test of choice for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated infectious mononucleosis, is both sensitive (70-92%) and specific (96-100%). False positives have been demonstrated in cases of viral hepatitis, human immunodeficiency virus, leukemia, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, systemic lupus erythematosus, and rubella. We present a case of a 46-yr-old male who developed fever, chills, headaches, myalgia, fatigue, and photophobia 1 d after returning from the Philippines. He demonstrated a mild transaminitis and significant thrombocytopenia (12,000 cells/μL)...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Praveena Nediyara Bhaskaran, Mammen Puliyel, Melissa Myers, Nazha Abughali
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis is usually a self-limiting illness, but can be rarely associated with complications. CASE CHARACTERISTICS: A 17-year-old boy with Epstein-Barr virus related infectious mononucleosis and cold antibody-mediated autoimmune hemolytic anemia with incidentally noted multiple pulmonary nodules. OBSERVATIONS: Nodules regressed over the next few weeks without specific therapy. MESSAGE: Pediatricians need to be aware of this rare clinical presentation of infectious mononucleosis so that further invasive testing can be avoided...
February 15, 2018: Indian Pediatrics
Kyosuke Kanai, Ah-Mee Park, Akiko Watanabe, Tomohiro Arikawa, Teruhito Yasui, Hiroki Yoshida, Ikuo Tsunoda, Osamu Yoshie
IL-27 is an immunoregulatory cytokine consisting of p28 and EBI3. Its receptor also has two subunits, WSX1 and gp130. Although IL-27 promotes Th1 differentiation in naive T cells, it also induces IL-10 expression in effector Th1 cells to curtail excessive immune responses. By using p28-deficient mice and WSX1-deficient mice (collectively called IL-27-deficient mice), we examined the role of IL-27 in primary infection by murine γ-herpesvirus 68 (MHV68), a murine model of EBV. Upon airway infection with MHV68, IL-27-deficient mice had more aggravated lung inflammation than wild-type mice, although MHV68 infection per se was better controlled in IL-27-deficient mice...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Andrew Cameron, Kosalan Akilan, David Carr
Infectious mononucleosis is typically a self-limited viral infection of adolescence and early adulthood that resolves in a period of weeks, causing no major sequelae. We describe a case of a healthy 18-year-old female diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis who also presented with right upper quadrant abdominal pain, moderate transaminitis, and cholestatic biochemistry. An ultrasound revealed acute acalculous cholecystitis, generally a condition seen in the context of critical illness. Further investigating emergency department patients with infectious mononucleosis is often not indicated, but may be important for those who present atypically...
March 1, 2018: CJEM
K Rüütel, L Lemsalu, S Lätt
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess indicator condition (IC) guided HIV testing in Estonia from 2012-2015. METHODS: We used Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) data. EHIF is the core purchaser of health care services in Estonia, covering health care costs for insured people (94% of the total population). After health care services' provision, the provider sends an invoice to EHIF, which includes patient information (e.g. age, gender, diagnoses based on ICD-10) and services provided (e...
February 2018: HIV Medicine
Li Zhang, Pingping Zhou, Zhaowei Meng, Chongjie Pang, Lu Gong, Qing Zhang, Qiyu Jia, Kun Song
Abnormal hepatic function is common in infectious mononucleosis (IM). However, it remains unknown why increased transferase levels are more common than bilirubin abnormalities in IM. The current study aimed to investigate these associations in the Chinese population. A total of 95 patients with IM (47 males and 48 females) were enrolled in the current study, as well as 95 healthy controls. Patients were sorted by sex. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to determine cut-off values for IM diagnosis and prediction...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Catarina Salgado, Ana Margarida Garcia, Catarina Rúbio, Florbela Cunha
Infectious mononucleosis is one of the major clinical manifestations of Epstein-Barr virus infection. In this syndrome, elevation of liver transaminase levels is common but cholestasis is rare, with few cases described in the literature. We present the case of a 14-year-old female adolescent, admitted to the Emergency Room with fever, odynophagia and cervical adenomegaly. She was treated with amoxicillin and two days later he presented with jaundice. The analytical evaluation was compatible with cholestatic hepatitis and abdominal ultrasound revealed hepatosplenomegaly without dilatation of the bile ducts...
December 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Clara Lawler, Marta Pires de Miranda, Janet May, Orry Wyer, J Pedro Simas, Philip G Stevenson
Gamma-herpesviruses infect lymphocytes and cause lymphocytic cancers. Murid Herpesvirus-4 (MuHV-4), Epstein-Barr virus and the Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus all infect B cells. Latent infection can spread by B cell recirculation and proliferation, but whether this alone achieves systemic infection is unclear. To test the need of MuHV-4 for lytic infection in B cells we flanked its essential ORF50 lytic transactivator with loxP sites, then infected mice with B cell-specific cre expression (CD19-cre)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
Július Rajčáni, Ferenc Bánáti, Kálmán Szenthe, Susan Szathmary
Despite overwhelming experimental work, there are no licensed vaccines against the most frequent Alphaherpesviruses, namely herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV1 and 2) nor against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of the subfamily Gammaherpesvirus. Areas covered: Since the DNAs of both HSVs reside in the regional sensory ganglia in a latent state (i.e. as circularized episomal molecules), a corresponding vaccine might be useful for immunotherapy rather than for prevention of primary infection. Here we describe the design of a purified subunit vaccine as well as the preparation and efficacy of a recombinant fusion protein consisting of the gD ectodomain from our domestic attenuated HSV1 strain HSZP...
March 2018: Expert Review of Vaccines
Li Zhang, Pingping Zhou, Zhaowei Meng, Lu Gong, Chongjie Pang, Xue Li, Qiang Jia, Jian Tan, Na Liu, Tianpeng Hu, Qing Zhang, Qiyu Jia, Kun Song
Infectious mononucleosis (IM) due to Epstein-Barr virus infection is common. Uric acid (UA) is an important endogenous antioxidant. To the best of our knowledge, the association between UA and IM has not been comprehensively investigated to date. The aim of the present study was to investigate this association in Chinese patients. A total of 95 patients (47 men and 48 women) with IM were recruited, along with 95 healthy controls. Clinical data were classified by patient sex. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was adopted to determine the cut-off values of UA for IM diagnosis and prediction...
December 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Benjamin Momo Kadia, Cyril Jabea Ekabe, Ettamba Agborndip
BACKGROUND: "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome (AIWS) is a rare neurological abnormality characterized by distortions of visual perceptions, body schema and experience of time. AIWS has been reported in patients with various infections such as infectious mononucleosis, H1N1 influenza, Cytomegalovirus encephalitis, and typhoid encephalopathy. However, AIWS occurring in a patient with severe malaria is less familiar and could pose serious primary care challenges in a low-income context. CASE PRESENTATION: A 9-year-old male of black African ethnicity was brought by his parents to our primary care hospital because for 2 days he had been experiencing intermittent sudden perceptions of his parents' heads and objects around him either "shrinking" or "expanding"...
December 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
Huaqing Zhong, Xinran Hu, Andrew B Janowski, Gregory A Storch, Liyun Su, Lingfeng Cao, Jinsheng Yu, Jin Xu
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common human pathogen that infects over 95% of the population worldwide. In the present study, the whole transcriptome microarray data were generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Chinese children with acute infectious mononucleosis (AIM) and chronic active EBV infection (CAEBV) that were also compared with a publicly available microarray dataset from a study of American college students with AIM. Our study characterized for the first time a broad spectrum of molecular signatures in AIM and CAEBV...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sonja Wörner, Hans-Konrad Mueller-Hermelink, Hans-Ullrich Voelker
In the present study, 21 cases of adult/late-onset EBV-associated lymphoproliferative disease (AELPD) with an uncertain malignant potential were investigated with regard to their histomorphology, immunophenotype, clonal rearrangement of the heavy chain (IgH) and T-cell receptor (TCR) genes and clinical course. The cases were histomorphologically reevaluated and assigned to one of three morphological groups: mononucleosis-like, Hodgkin-like, or polymorphous. In addition, cases with or without detectable necrosis were investigated for differences in clinical outcome...
December 16, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
Maria K Smatti, Hadi M Yassine, Raed AbuOdeh, Asmaa AlMarawani, Sara A Taleb, Asmaa A Althani, Gheyath K Nasrallah
BACKGROUND: The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the causative agent of infectious mononucleosis. EBV is highly prevalent lymphotropic herpesvirus and has been linked to several malignancies. Transmission is generally by oral secretions, but can be through blood transfusions and organ transplantations. This study aimed to determine the seroprevalence, viremia rates, and circulating genotypes of EBV in healthy blood donors in Qatar. METHODS: Blood samples from 673 blood donors of different nationalities residing in Qatar (mainly Qatar, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, and India) were collected and tested for anti-EBV capsid (VCA; IgG & IgM), nuclear (EBNA; IgG), and early (EA-D; IgG) antigens...
2017: PloS One
Nuray Aslan, Levi B Watkin, Anna Gil, Rabinarayan Mishra, Fransenio G Clark, Raymond M Welsh, Dario Ghersi, Katherine Luzuriaga, Liisa K Selin
Fifty years after the discovery of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), it remains unclear how primary infection with this virus leads to massive CD8 T-cell expansion and acute infectious mononucleosis (AIM) in young adults. AIM can vary greatly in severity, from a mild transient influenza-like illness to a prolonged severe syndrome. We questioned whether expansion of a unique HLA-A2.01-restricted, cross-reactive CD8 T-cell response between influenza virus A-M158 (IAV-M1) and EBV BMLF1280 (EBV-BM) could modulate the immune response to EBV and play a role in determining the severity of AIM in 32 college students...
December 5, 2017: MBio
V Larouche, M Tamilia
Enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses and Echovirus, are well known pathogens responsible for the development of thyroiditis. We describe the case of a 49-year-old woman with no personal or family history of thyroid disease who presented to the emergency room with a two-week history of daily fevers up to 39°C, a sore throat, occasional palpitations and diaphoresis, decreased appetite and an unintentional 10 kg weight loss over the same time course Physical examination revealed mild tachycardia, an intention tremor and a normal-sized, nontender thyroid gland without palpable nodules...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
V Gares, L Panico, R Castagne, C Delpierre, M Kelly-Irving
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a highly prevalent herpesvirus linked to infectious mononucleosis and several malignancies. This paper aims to study the association between children's early life social environment at 9 months and EBV infection at 3 years of age. METHODS: We used data on children included in the UK Millennium Cohort Study. We described the social environment using area-level and material factors as well as socioeconomic position (SEP) at 9 months. EBV was measured at 3 years of age (n = 12 457)...
December 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
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