23 November 2018 : Case report
Unusual clinical course, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)Yu Shionoya1ABCDEF, Hajime Kasai23ABCDEF*, Jiro Terada2DEF, Mitsuhiro Abe2DE, Yusuke Takeda4DE, Emiko Sakaida4BCDE, Nobuhiro Tanabe2DE, Koichiro Tatsumi2DE
Am J Case Rep 2018; 19:1393-1397
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia is common in immunocompromised patients with hematological malignancies. Although the spectrum of illness caused by CMV is well-documented in immunocompromised patients, the clinical course and evolution of lung changes after initiation of antiviral therapy remain unclear.
CASE REPORT: We present the cases of 3 patients with leukemia who developed CMV pneumonia following cord blood transplantation and who presented with distinctive features on chest computed tomography (CT). In all patients, chest CT showed central peribronchial changes with severe lung volume loss. Furthermore, the patients were refractory to high-dose steroids, and the lung volume loss rapidly progressed, leading to death from respiratory failure.
CONCLUSIONS: We observed central peribronchial changes with severe lung volume loss after the acute phase in 3 cases of CMV pneumonia. While our diagnosis was made on the basis of exclusion, it is important to bear in mind that lung involvement in CMV pneumonia may be refractory to various treatment modalities and can lead to a fatal clinical course.
Keywords: cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, Cytomegalovirus, Fatal Outcome, Leukemia
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