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Letter to the Editor
David Versus Goliath: The Clinical Consequences of Influenza A Virus in an Unvaccinated Patient
1 University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Radiology  
2 University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Pathology  
Eurasian J Med ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2019.18372
Key Words: Internal Medicine, Pathology, Virology, Infectious Diseases
Abstract

Acute Influenza Virus (AIV) infection can manifest as a severe life-threating illness in patients who are not vaccinated, and furthermore, have comorbidities that place them at risk for rapid respiratory decompensation. AIV infection is avoidable by vaccination; however, the illness causes death in high risk individuals due to lack of compliance. Complications of AIV infection, such as bacterial pneumonia are treatable, but other severe complications such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) leading to Diffuse Alveolar Damage (DAD) are limited to supportive therapy and self-resolution. In most cases, including the case presented today, ARDS to DAD is fatal due to the insidious severity of symptoms leading to rapid deoxygenation without correction despite supportive therapy. This patient’s poor prognosis, clinical signs and symptoms attest to the importance of vaccination, which protect against the high mortality consequences of AIV.

 

You may cite this article as: Harmon T, Patel S, Nguyen Q, Olano J, Duran C. David Versus Goliath: The Clinical Consequences of Influenza A Virus in an Unvaccinated Patient. Eurasian J Med 2019; DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2019.18372.

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