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Adenovirus infection

Definition

Adenovirus causes pain in the neck, red eyes and fever especially in children. Rheumatic symptoms are not to be expected, and usually the infection is harmless. However, in a weakened immune system, as in immunosuppressive treatment of rheumatic diseases, adenovirus may cause complications.

Incubation

  • 5-10 days

Symptoms

Several types (serotypes) of adenovirus with different symptoms

  • Small children most often get respiratory infections
  • Pharyngoconjunctival fever
    • Children
    • Pain in the neck
    • Red eyes
    • Fever
  • Most commonly in upper respiratory tract
    • Tonsillitis ( "Tonsillitis")
    • Conjunctivitis ("Red Eye")
    • Otitis (ear inflammation)
    • Bronchitis with cough
  • Diarrhea in young children
  • Pneumonia (pneumonia), myocarditis (myocarditis), meningitis (meningitis) and encephalitis are rare but serious complications

Diagnosis

  • Proven by PCR technique

Treatment

  • Non specific antiviral treatment available

Literature

Opportunistic infections, BINDEVEVSSYKDOMMER.no


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