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J Intern Med. 2009 Mar;265(3):397-400. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2796.2008.02039.x. Epub 2008 Nov 14.

Severe parainfluenza virus type 2 supraglottitis in an immunocompetent adult host: an unusual cause of a paramyxoviridae viral infection.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-Medical School, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Parainfluenza virus is a major cause of respiratory illness in humans, manifesting from mild upper respiratory tract infection to bronchiolitis and pneumonia, especially in children. We report - to our knowledge - the first case of a nonimmunocompromised adult patient with human parainfluenza type 2 supraglottitis immediately after returning from China.

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