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Clin Infect Dis. 1996 Jan;22(1):22-7.

Periodic illness associated with Epstein-Barr virus infection.

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NIAID, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


A 15-year-old boy with a 13-year history of periodic fevers, lymphadenopathy, and leukocytosis showed virological, serological, immunohistologic, and molecular evidence of persistent, active, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Acyclovir and several other agents failed to alter his clinical course. Comprehensive immunological studies could not identify a defined immune deficiency syndrome to explain the persistent infection, although he does continue to have circulating polymeric EBV-specific immunoglobulin type A, as is seen in individuals during acute EBV infections. In vitro work suggests that this polymeric antibody prevents B cell infection by EBV. Cumulative data suggest that this patient suffers from a novel form of EBV infection.

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