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Life-threatening human metapneumovirus pneumonia requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a preterm infant.

Authors
  • Ulloa-Gutierrez, Rolando
  • Skippen, Peter
  • Synnes, Anne
  • Seear, Michael
  • Bastien, Nathalie
  • Li, Yan
  • Forbes, John C
Type
Published Article
Journal
PEDIATRICS
Publisher
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2004
Volume
114
Issue
4
Identifiers
PMID: 15466079
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We present the first report in the literature of a child with human metapneumovirus pneumonia who required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for survival. This was a 3-month-old premature boy from British Columbia, Canada, who developed severe respiratory failure, experienced failure of high-frequency oscillatory mechanical ventilation, and required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support for 10 days. This case illustrates the importance of including this newly discovered pathogen among the causes of childhood pneumonia.

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