Journal Article

Plasma Cell Pleocytosis in Cerebrospinal Fluid in Patients with West Nile Virus Encephalitis

Paul J. Carson, Thomas Steidler, Roberto Patron, John M. Tate, Robert Tight and Raymond A. Smego

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 1, pages e12-e15
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/375692
Plasma Cell Pleocytosis in Cerebrospinal Fluid in Patients with West Nile Virus Encephalitis

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We describe 4 patients with West Nile virus encephalitis who all displayed previously unreported plasma cell pleocytosis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Three patients recovered but had varying degrees of mild neurologic disability on discharge from the hospital, and 1 patient died. The finding of significant numbers of plasma cells in CSF may serve as a useful early diagnostic clue for West Nile virus encephalitis.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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