Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 67(2); 2009 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2009;67(2):135-139.
DOI:    Published online August 1, 2009.
A Case of Severe Human Metapneumovirus Pneumonia Requiring Mechanical Ventilation in an Immunocompetent Adult.
Hyo Jeong Lim, Jin Woo Lee, Young Sik Park, Nak Hyun Kim, Moonsuk Kim, Jae Joon Yim, Seok Chul Yang, Chul Gyu Yoo, Young Whan Kim, Sung Koo Han, Young Soo Shim, Sang Min Lee
Department of Internal Medicine and Lung Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a recently recognized human respiratory pathogen, which is known to be associated with upper and lower respiratory tract infections mainly in children, immunocompromised patients, and the elderly. The clinical manifestations of hMPV infections are similar to those of the human respiratory syncytial virus infection, which range from mild upper respiratory tract infection to severe bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Recently, hMPV has come to be thought of as the cause a similar spectrum of disease in adults as that seen in children; however, most of the reports of hMPV infections have focused on infection in children. We report a case of severe hMPV pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation in an immunocompetent adult in Korea.
Key Words: Metapneumovirus, Pneumonia, Respiratory insufficiency

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