Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome mimicking severe sepsis.
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.
Recommended CitationSpivack, Talya; Chawla, Rashmi; and Marik, Paul E, "Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome mimicking severe sepsis." (2008). Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 10.