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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Venous Thromboembolism Due to Acute Epstein-Barr Virus Infection

Bader, Mazen S. MD*; Haroon, Babar MD; Trahey, Julia MD; Al-Musawi, Ali MD; Hawboldt, John BSP, ACPR, PharmD§

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 284-285
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181fc6e7c
Case Reports

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:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

This work was done at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.