Acute infection with parvovirus B19 manifesting as brain stem encephalitis

Maria V. Moretti, Isabella Abbate, Maria R. Sciarrone, Giorgio Guercini, Daniela Francisci, Gian P. Pelliccioli, Franco Baldelli

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Diseases associated with Parvovirus B19 infection are well known in pediatrics, obstetrics, and hematology, but the full clinical spectrum of these diseases has not yet been defined. We describe a patient with HIV infection and profound immunosuppression who subsequently developed brain stem encephalitis (rhombencephalitis) and transfusion-dependent anemia as a consequence of Parvovirus B19 infection. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which neurological manifestations coincided with evidence of acute infection with Parvovirus B19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • AIDS
  • Encephalitis
  • HIV
  • Parvovirus B19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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