BRONCHOSCOPIC SUSPECT OF HERPESVIRUS INFECTION IN CRITICALLY ILL COVID-19 PATIENTS: two case reports and brief literature review.

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CRISTIAN DEANA
Luigi Vetrugno
Francesca Stefani
Flavio Bassi

Keywords

herpesvirus, bronchoalveolar lavage, ICU, critically ill patient, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, COVID-19

Abstract

Herpesviridae infection in COVID-19 patients has been reported, particularly muco-cutaneous lesions. Little is known about Herpesviridae lung infection in critically ill COVID-19 patients. Typical scattered lesions seen through fiberoptic bronchoscopy in these patients should raise the question as to whether to start empirically acyclovir treatment while a Herpesviridae diagnostics result becomes available.

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