Severe influenza B myocarditis and myositis

Sarah Tabbutt, Mary Leonard, Rodolfo I. Godinez, Michael Sebert, Jim Cullen, Thomas L. Spray, David Friedman

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Objective: To report an influenza B infection with associated myocarditis and severe skeletal myositis. Design: Case report. Setting: Cardiac intensive care unit in a university-affiliated children's hospital. Patient: A 4-yr-old girl. Results: The patient was successfully supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for profound myocardial dysfunction and a combination of plasmapheresis and continuous venovenous hemodialysis for rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure. Conclusions: This case provides a reminder that patients presenting with viral illness or myoglobinuria accompanied by renal failure, with or without associated myocarditis, may be demonstrating symptoms of influenza B.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Hemodialysis
  • Influenza
  • Myocarditis
  • Myositis
  • Plasmapheresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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