April 1974

Parainfluenza Virus II and the Immunocompromised Host

Author Affiliations

Hanover, NH; Boston; Durham, NC
From the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Dr. Karp is now with the Department of Medicine, Mary Hitchcock Hospital, Hanover, NH. Dr. Willis is now with the Department of Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):592-593. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230138025

A 15-month-old infant observed at Duke University Medical Center for his final six months of life died with infectious complications of lymphopenic agammaglobulinemia. Parainfluenza virus type II was present in four specimens of respiratory secretions obtained during the terminal three months of life. Autopsy findings disclosed multinucleate giant cells in his lungs.