[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An 11-year-old boy presented with hepatic failure secondary to parvovirus B19 infection, requiring urgent liver transplantation. His recovery was complicated by primary Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus infections. He subsequently developed aplastic anaemia that has been refractory to antithymocyte globulin and cyclosporine therapy and may now require bone marrow transplantation. We present this case to emphasize parvovirus as a rare cause of hepatic failure and of aplastic anaemia as a complication of the virus.
No preview · Article · Apr 2007 · Internal Medicine Journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 14-year-old boy who presented with debilitating lethargy was shown to have an elevated serum ferritin of 572 microg/L and a C282Y homozygous HFE genotype. Liver iron concentration was measured non-invasively by magnetic resonance imaging, which revealed a liver iron concentration of 59 micromol/g dry weight (children's reference range < 14). The early phenotypic expression was further investigated by screening genomic DNA for the presence of co-inherited mutations in genes responsible for non-HFE haemochromatosis. Coding regions and splice sites in genes encoding hepcidin and haemojuvelin were sequenced and previously described mutations in ferroportin 1 and transferrin receptor 2 genes were screened. Although no mutations were found, the most likely cause for the early expression is the presence of novel mutations or gene(s).
No preview · Article · Jun 2006 · Annals of Clinical Biochemistry