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Persistent SARS-CoV2 Infection in Severe Hypogammaglobulinemia


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Severe hypogammaglobulinemia can lead to prolonged SARS-CoV2 infection.
Abstract
Abstract and Introduction: Viral mutations lead to new variants over time. Patients with immunodeficiency can have varying symptoms. Case study of a woman with severe hypogammaglobulinemia. Developed fatal SARS-CoV2 infection after neurological symptoms. Prolonged infection despite treatment and respiratory support. Conclusions: SARS-CoV2 detection persisted for 35 days in a hypogammaglobulinemia patient. Virus sequencing showed no spike protein mutations. Persistence linked to immunodeficiency, not viral changes.
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"On Day 8 after the coronavirus disease 2019 diagnosis, the polymerase chain reaction test for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 showed persistent detection of the virus." "The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus was sequenced at the beginning and 8 days after the onset of the disease, and the strain, without obvious mutations in the gene that encodes spike protein, was identified."
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"The sequencing of the virus showed no mutations on the spike protein at 8 days, indicating that, in this case, the persistence of the viral detection was associated with immunodeficiency instead of changes in the viral components."

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by Vanessa Bedo... at www.medscape.com 07-28-2023

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/992862
Persistant SARS-CoV2 Infection in Severe Hypogammaglobulinemia

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How can immunodeficiency impact the persistence of viral infections?

Immunodeficiency can significantly impact the persistence of viral infections by weakening the body's ability to mount an effective immune response against the virus. In individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with severe hypogammaglobulinemia, the immune system may struggle to clear the virus efficiently, leading to prolonged viral shedding and persistence. This prolonged viral presence can increase the risk of severe disease progression and complications, as seen in the case of the patient with severe hypogammaglobulinemia who developed a fatal SARS-CoV2 infection.

What are the implications of prolonged SARS-CoV2 infection in immunocompromised individuals?

Prolonged SARS-CoV2 infection in immunocompromised individuals can have serious implications, including increased risk of severe disease, prolonged illness, and higher mortality rates. Immunocompromised individuals may have difficulty mounting an effective immune response against the virus, leading to persistent viral shedding and prolonged illness. This can result in a higher likelihood of developing severe complications, such as respiratory failure, as seen in the case of the patient with severe hypogammaglobulinemia who required mechanical ventilation and ultimately succumbed to the infection. Additionally, prolonged viral shedding in immunocompromised individuals can increase the risk of viral transmission to others, posing a public health concern.

How can advancements in viral sequencing help understand viral behavior in unique cases like this?

Advancements in viral sequencing play a crucial role in understanding viral behavior in unique cases like the one presented. By sequencing the virus at different time points during the infection, researchers can track any mutations or changes in the viral genome that may impact viral persistence, transmissibility, or virulence. In the case of the patient with severe hypogammaglobulinemia, viral sequencing revealed no mutations in the gene encoding the spike protein of SARS-CoV2, indicating that the persistence of the virus was likely due to the patient's immunodeficiency rather than viral evolution. This information can help healthcare providers tailor treatment strategies for immunocompromised individuals with persistent viral infections and contribute to a better understanding of how viruses interact with the immune system in unique clinical scenarios.
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