Coronavirus pneumonia following autologous bone marrow transplantation for breast cancer

Rodney J. Folz, Maha A. Elkordy

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Infectious bronchitis virus, otherwise known as coronavirus, can cause mild upper respiratory tract illnesses in children and adults. Rarely has coronavirus been linked, either by serology or nasal wash, to pneumonia. We report a ease of a young woman who, following treatment for stage IIIA breast cancer using a high-dose chemotherapy regimen followed by autologous bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, developed respiratory failure and was found to have coronavirus pneumonia as diagnosed by electron microscopy from BAL fluid. We propose that coronavirus should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory failure in cancer patients who have undergone high-dose chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)901-905
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Breast cancer
  • Coronavirus pneumonia
  • High- dose chemotherapy
  • Idiopathic pneumonia syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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