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Acute respiratory infection: first clinical manifestation of active infection with cytomegalovirus in HIV patients presenting to the  emergency department

  • CAMÓN S1
  • SAUBI N3
  • ETO Y3
  • PRIU I1

1 Emergency Department, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain

2 Microbiology Department, Hospital Clínic, Centro de investigación internacional (CRESIB) Hospital Clínic, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

3 Infectious diseases, Hospital Clinic, IDIBAPS, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

DOI: 10.22514/SV121.102016.19 Vol.12,Issue S1,October 2016 pp.111-115

Published: 10 October 2016

*Corresponding Author(s): PERELLÓ R E-mail:


Introduction. Traditionally, digestive and ophthalmic symptoms have been described as predominant in the clinical presentation of active infection with cytomegalovirus (AICMV). Nevertheless, it seems that this has changed following the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Nowadays, respiratory infection (RI) in HIV-infected patients is the first reason for consulting an Emergency Department (ED). Among these patients, the mortality is important.

Aim. To determine if RI in HIV-infected patients is a common manifestation of AI-CMV and to describe the changes in clini-cal presentation of AICMV in relation to what was previously described.

Methods. A single-center, retrospective study was conducted over the duration of nine years (2005-2015). All HIV patients who consulted our emergency depart-ment with respiratory symptoms and were diagnosed with AICMV were included. Isolation of other co-infecting microor-ganisms and mortality in the series are also described.

Results. 56 HIV-infected patients with AI-CMV were identified. RI was diagnosed in 34 (61%), 31(91%) patients had pneu-monia and 3(9%) pulmonary tuberculosis. The most frequently isolated microorgan-ism was P. jirovecii, in 21 (68%) patients. Bacteria were isolated in five patients (15%). Five patients died from RI (9%). No patient had acute retinitis or any other ophthalmic involvement.

Conclusion. Clinical manifestation of AI-CMV in HIV patients has changed, and RI is the most common manifestation, caused by opportunistic microorganisms with 9% mortality.


HIV, infection respiratory, pneu-monia, CMV

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PERELLÓ R,VERGARA A,CAMÓN S,SAUBI N,ETO Y,QUIRÓS C,PRIU I,MORENO A,MARTÍNEZ E,MARCOS MA. Acute respiratory infection: first clinical manifestation of active infection with cytomegalovirus in HIV patients presenting to the emergency department. Signa Vitae. 2016. 12(S1);111-115.


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