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Acute Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Complicated by Severe Thrombocytopenia

Michele L. Pipp, Norman D. Means, John W. Sixbey, Kimberly L. Morris, Crystal L. Gue and Larry M. Baddour

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 25, issue 5, pages 1237-1239
Published in print November 1997 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 1997 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/516114
Acute Epstein-Barr Virus Infection Complicated by Severe Thrombocytopenia

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We describe one patient with acute Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection associated with severe thrombocytopenia and review 36 additional cases reported in the literature. Complications of EBV infection due to severe thrombocytopenia occurred in 10 (27.0%) of 37 patients, and 2 (5.4%) of 37 patients died. Although acute EBV infections are generally benign and self-limiting, thrombocytopenia, a potentially serious complication, should not be overlooked.

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

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