A Prospective Study Comparing Human Metapneumovirus with Other Respiratory Viruses in Adults with Hematologic Malignancies and Respiratory Tract Infections

Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-2581, USA.
The Journal of Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 6). 10/2005; 192(6):1061-5. DOI: 10.1086/432732
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Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a recently described paramyxovirus associated with upper and lower respiratory-tract infection
(URI and LRI, respectively). We conducted a prospective study of URI and LRI in adults with hematologic malignancies during
a 4-year period. We retrospectively tested samples by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction for hMPV and analyzed
clinical data. Twenty-two (9%) of 251 episodes of respiratory infection tested positive for hMPV. Sixteen (73%) of the illnesses
occurred in hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipients. Nine patients with hMPV developed LRI; 3 of these patients died.
hMPV is a common cause of respiratory infections in adults with hematologic malignancies, with associated morbidity and mortality

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    • "The efficacious prevention and treatment of HMPV infections have not been well described. Ribavirin and/or intravenous immunogloblin were used to treat HMPV pneumonia in several studies but the efficacy was not defined [26,180]. The prevention and treatment strategies of HRhV are limited by the lack of antiviral agents and clinical trials. "
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    • "HMPV is related to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the most significant respiratory pathogen of infancy and early childhood. Epidemiologic studies showed that HMPV is associated with significant morbidity in infants and other high-risk populations, such as immunocompromised patients [2] [3] [4] [5]. Thus, HMPV is an important cause of hospitalizations, in the same way as the other respiratory viruses, RSV, parainfluenza virus or influenza virus [6]. "
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    • "hMPV is now widely recognized as an opportunistic infection in immunocompromised hosts such as hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) and pulmonary transplant recipients, leading to a significant respiratory morbidity [6]. Although its detection is not yet routinely performed, hMPV appears to account for 9% of acute pneumonia in patients with haematologic malignancies (including HSCT), in a similar proportion to RSV [7]. This rate is close to that reported in lung transplant recipients, ranging from 6% to 12% of LRI [6] [8]. "
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