Yonsei Med J 2003 Aug;44(4):732-5
Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Division, Inha University Hospital, 7-206, 3-ga, Shinheung-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon 400-103, Korea. jsryu@ inha.ac.kr
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by adenovirus is a rare event in healthy adults, especially in non- military settings. Although treatment with intravenous ribavirin has been reported, supportive care, including mechanical ventilation, is known to be the main stay in the treatment of ARDS caused by adenovirus, with high-dose steroid treatment having rarely been reported. We report our experience with a 41-year-old, otherwise healthy, woman with ARDS, treated with high-dose steroid and mechanical ventilatory support.