What are the clinical manifestations of rotavirus pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Rotavirus pneumonia is rare. In one study, rotaviruses were isolated in 27% of all tracheal aspirates from children with pneumonia. One case of fatal rotaviral pneumonitis with myocarditis was reported in a two-year-old boy.

Two cases of fatal rotaviral pneumonitis were reported in adults. One patient was receiving long-term steroid therapy and developed rapidly progressive respiratory distress that evolved into severe respiratory failure not responsive to supportive measures. The other patient presented with massive pulmonary edema and pleural effusions.


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