We describe a case of a healthy 61-year-old man who developed disseminated intravascular coagulation and venous thromboembolism secondary to acute Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. The EBV was confirmed via serology and polymerase chain reaction. Although more common in children and young adults, acute EBV infection may also occur in middle-age and older adults and should be considered as a differential diagnosis in every patient presenting with disseminated intravascular coagulation.
From the *Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, †Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland; ‡Division of Respiratory Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and §School of Pharmacy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Correspondence to: Mazen S. Bader, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 711 Concession St, Wing 40, Room 508, Hamilton, Ontario L8V1C3, Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.
This work was done at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.