Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119--122

Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome mimicking severe sepsis


Talya Spivack, Rashmi Chawla, Paul E Marik 
 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA

Correspondence Address:
Paul E Marik
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
USA

Severe sepsis is amongst the most common reasons for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) throughout the world and is a common cause of death. The diagnosis of sepsis is usually straightforward, being based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory features. Noninfectious disorders, including pancreatitis, drug reactions, and autoimmune disorders, may cause a systemic inflammatory response that mimics sepsis. We present the case of a 32-year-old male with Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome who presented to the ICU with features of severe sepsis which progressed to multisystem organ failure and death despite aggressive supportive measures.


How to cite this article:
Spivack T, Chawla R, Marik PE. Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome mimicking severe sepsis.J Emerg Trauma Shock 2008;1:119-122


How to cite this URL:
Spivack T, Chawla R, Marik PE. Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome mimicking severe sepsis. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Jan 24 ];1:119-122
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