Atypical bacterial infections explained by a concomitant virus infection

R. Dagan, C. B. Hall, M. A. Menegus

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Because both viral and bacterial infections are common during early childhood, dual infections are not unexpected. However, the clinical manifestation of such combined infections may be, difficult to interpret, and they are often misdiagnosed as 'atypical bacterial infection'. Five patients with concomitant viral-bacterial infections are described. In all five cases, virus detection enabled the physicians to better understand an otherwise puzzling clinical presentation. In view of the recent progress in rapid viral diagnoses and the potential of antiviral drugs, the possibility of dual infection should be investigated more often.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-414
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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