Clinical presentation and characteristics of pharyngeal adenovirus infections

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2005 Aug;24(8):733-4. doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000172942.96436.2d.


We describe the clinical characteristics of 209 children younger than 15 years of age with positive pharyngeal cultures for adenovirus. The mean age of the children was 37 +/- 33 months, and the mean peak temperature was 39.2 +/- 0.76 degrees C. On physical examination, tonsillitis was found for 88% of children; 52% of them had exudative tonsillitis. Forty-eight percent of the patients who had a white blood cell count performed had >15,000 leukocytes per mm, and 25% had >20,000 leukocytes per mm. C-reactive protein concentrations were >7 mg/dL for 22.5% of the patients. Adenovirus pharyngeal infections in young children mimic severe bacterial infections.

MeSH terms

  • Adenovirus Infections, Human / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pharyngitis / epidemiology*
  • Pharyngitis / virology*