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MERS-related abnormality distribution on CT identifed, clarified

Date:
June 18, 2014
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American Roentgen Ray Society
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Key defining characteristics of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in CT imaging of patients confirmed as having the disease have been identified by researchers. The study found that the most common CT finding in hospitalized patients with MERS infection is suggestive of an organizing pneumonia pattern.
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Researchers in Saudi Arabia have identified key defining characteristics of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in CT imaging of patients confirmed as having the disease.

The study found that the most common CT finding in hospitalized patients with MERS infection is suggestive of an organizing pneumonia pattern.

"A few studies have described variable degrees of lung opacities in patients with MERS, but did not clearly address their exact distribution," said Amr M. Ajlan, the corresponding author of the study. "Because we evaluated the CT findings in this laboratory-confirmed group of MERS patients, we had the ability to better characterize the nature and distribution of the abnormalities."

Recognizing this pattern in acutely ill patients living in or traveling from endemic areas may help in the early diagnosis of MERS.

The study appears ahead of print online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Amr M. Ajlan, Rayan A. Ahyad, Lamia Ghazi Jamjoom, Ahmed Alharthy, Tariq A. Madani. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection: Chest CT Findings. American Journal of Roentgenology, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.2214/AJR.14.13021

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