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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome?

Viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome is a serious condition that involves activation of the immune system against one's own normal cells, following a viral infection. This results in inflammation and organ damage.

Symptoms related to viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Fever of at least 100.4°F / 38°C that continues for 7 or more days

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Discomfort in the whole body

Questions your doctor may ask to check for viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Are you having continuous fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher over more than last 7 days?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

Treatment for viral associated hemophagocytic syndrome

This is a life-threatening condition requiring prompt medical attention at a hospital. Treatment can vary for each individual and may include medication to suppress inflammation, and stem cell transplant in some cases.

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