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  1. Parainfluenza Virus Case Study # 2 Galarah D Golanbar Christopher Kwon Vanessa Munoz

  2. Case study • A 13 month old child has a runny nose, mild cough, and a low grade fever for several days. The cough got worse and sounded like “barking”. The child made a wheezing sound when agitated. The child appeared well except for the cough. A lateral X-ray examination of the neck showed a subglottic narrowing.

  3. Background information • Parainfluenza virus (PIV) • Negative sense, single-stranded RNA virus • Varies in size and shape • Averaging in diameters of 150-300 nm • Account for a large percentage of pediatric respiratory infections, second to respiratory syncitial virus. • Major cause of croup • Divided into 4 types • Type 1 is the most frequent in children, followed by type 3 and type 2. • Type 4 is less likely to cause a severe illness. • Self- limited infection • Can manifest repeatedly throughout life

  4. Described Symptoms • Coryza • Symptoms of a common head cold • nasal congestion • runny nose • Sore throat • cough • Inflammation of nasal cavity mucous membrane, affecting upper respiratory tract • Viral croup • Inflammation of the larynx and upper airway • Results in narrowing of the airway • Characterized by a barking cough, inspiratory stridor, and a variable amount of respiratory distress that develops over a brief period. • Stridor • A high pitched, breathing sound caused by turbulent flow of air, usually caused by a blockage in breathing • Inspiratory stridor (a sound heard in inspiration through a spasmodically closed glottis)

  5. Described Symptoms • Retractions • Intercostal retractions: retractions of the chest cavity • The inward movement of the chest due to decreased pressure in the chest cavity. • Usually an indicator for difficulty in breathing • The virus will cause a diffused inflammationwith erythema and edema in the tracheal walls that will affect the mobility of the vocal cords. • The subglottic region of the child’s upper airway is narrow. So, a small amount of edema will significantly restrict airflow.

  6. Other causative agents • Viruses from the Paramyxoviridae family • Mumps, measles, and respiratory syncitial virus (RSV) • Can also cause sporadic cases of croup • Adenovirus • Infection of the respiratory tract, as well as eyes, intestines, and urinary tract • Pneumonia • Inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms • Leading cause of death in children worldwide • Influenza A and B • Both caused by viruses in the family Orthomyxoviridae

  7. Differential Diagnosis • There are several differential diagnoses listed:

  8. Parainfluenza virus : Current Diagnosis • Pulse Oximetry • Monitors oxygen saturation in the blood. • Used to evaluate the severity of the illness. • Laryngoscopy • Direct: An examination used to look inside the throat with a small camera. • Used in severe cases of parainfluenza virus infection. • Indirect: done with a small handheld mirror to look at the back of the throat.

  9. Techniques and Tests for Diagnosis • Diagnostic Techniques: • Radiographic Studies • Posteroanterior (PA) radiography of the neck • Only confirms 50% of cases -->

  10. Parainfluenza virus : Current Diagnosis • Lab tests: • Viral cultures • Requires several days to see the results. More helpful epidemiologically than clinically. • Immunofluorescence and enzyme immunoassay methods • Done in vitro and tests the nasopharyngeal washings of infected patients. • CBC: • Complete Blood Count measures: • Red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), total hemoglobin in blood, hematocrit (fraction of blood composed of RBCs), and mean corpusular volume (MCV, which measures size of RBCs) • RNA amplification • Hemadsorption

  11. Final Diagnosis

  12. Treatment • No vaccine or direct treatment for the virus. Instead, treatment is focused on managing the symptoms. • Based on the severity of symptoms, mainly of croup: • Croup severity ranges from mild or moderate, to severe • Severity of the infection is based upon five factors: • Level of consciousness, Cyanosis, Stridor, Air Entry and Retractions

  13. Treatment • Analgesics • Ribavirin • Cool mist and oral intake of fluids • Common types of treatment, as can be done at home • Cool mist helps to soothe inflamed mucosa • Nebulized epinephrine • Used for moderate to severe croup patients to alleviate symptoms • Corticosteroids • Orally administered • To treat airway inflammation and edema • Heliox • Breathing gas composed of a mixture of helium and oxygen • Intubation • Rare, done only in severe cases

  14. References • 1.Viral Croup: A Current Perspective. Leung, A.K.C., Kellner, J.D., Johnson, D.W. Journal of Pediatric Health Care November/December (2004): 297-301. • 2.Infections: Croup. Dowshen, S., Homeier, B.P. Nemours Foundation. May, 2005. • 3.Parainfluenza virus infections. Vega, R.M. eMedicine from WebMD. Sept. 24, 2007. • 4.Evaluation of Stridor and Wheezing. Holinger, L.D. Journal of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Spring, 1998. • 5.Definition of Human Parainfluenza Virus. ( • 6.Viral Croup: A Current Perspective. Leung, A.K.C., Kellner, J.D., Johnson, D.W. Journal of Pediatric Health Care November/December (2004): 297-301. • 7.Human Parainfluenza Virus Type 4 Infections: A report of 20 cases from 1998 to 2002. Billaud et al. Journal of Clinical Virology 34 (2005) 48–51. • 8.Clinical courses of croup caused by influenza and parainfluenza virus. Peltola, V., Heikkinen, T., & Ruuskanen, O. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 21 (2002) • 9.Acute Epiglottitis. Jaffe, J.E. by WebMD. ( • 10.Parainfluenza Virus. Parija, S.C., Marrie, T.J. by WebMD. (

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