Cytomegalovirus pneumonia in an immunocompetent adult: a case report

Acute Med. 2011;10(4):197-9.


A 38 year-old woman, who was previously fit and well, presented with a 10 day history of fever and non-specific symptoms. Initial chest X-ray demonstrated patchy nodular infiltrates bilaterally. She became increasingly hypoxaemic. Cultures to this point were all negative. A high-resolution CT thorax showed diffuse multilobular ground glass appearance with peripheral nodular shadowing, consistent with a viral pneumonia. CMV IgM antibody was positive and CMV PCR was positive on two subsequent occasions. She was commenced on oral valganciclovir. She made a full recovery and was discharged seven days later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Cytomegalovirus / genetics
  • Cytomegalovirus / immunology
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / immunology
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence*
  • Immunoglobulin M / immunology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / immunology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • DNA, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin M