Clinical manifestations of respiratory adenoviral infection among hospitalized children in Korea

Hyo Jin Kwon, Young Jun Rhie, Won Hee Seo, Gi Young Jang, Byung Min Choi, Jung Hwa Lee, Chang Kyu Lee, Yun Kyung Kim

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Background The objective of our study was to understand the epidemiological and clinical features of respiratory adenoviral infections among children at a single institution over the course of several years. Methods From January 2005 to April 2009, 1836 children (≤15 years old) who had been admitted to Korea University Ansan Hospital were tested for acute respiratory infection. The patients who were positive for an adenovirus infection were enrolled in this study, and their medical records were retrospectively reviewed. Results Adenoviruses were isolated from 310 patients. The male to female ratio was 1.6:1 and mean age was 32 ± 24 months. Children under 5 years of age had the highest prevalence. In 2007, adenovirus infections occurred endemically throughout the year. The clinical diagnoses were primarily upper respiratory tract infections (45.4%), lower respiratory tract infections (48.1%), and neurologic disease (5.2%). Associated symptoms, signs and laboratory findings included fever (91.9%), cough (83.9%), pharyngeal injection (62.3%), rale (32.6%) and elevated C-reactive protein (93.9%). The most common radiologic findings were perihilar and peribronchial infiltrates (42.6%). Co-infections were observed in 29 cases. The mean durations of hospitalization and fever were 6.2 ± 6.5 and 4.8 ± 3.1 days, respectively. The lengths of hospitalization were similar for patients admitted for upper respiratory tract infections with severe morbidity and those admitted for lower respiratory tract infections. No children in the study died. Conclusion Our study demonstrates that respiratory adenovirus infections are an important cause of hospitalization in young children, and contribute to a significant morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-454
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug


  • adenovirus
  • children
  • hospitalization
  • morbidity
  • respiratory infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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