New study is first to identify, clarify MERS-related abnormality distribution on CT

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.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

First MERS infections detected in Algeria

May 31, 2014

Algeria reported its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus on Saturday, both among pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, where most cases and deaths from the disease have been reported.

New MERS death reported in Jordan

Jun 01, 2014

A 69-year-old man has died in Jordan after being infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, a health ministry official said on Sunday.

Saudis announce two new MERS deaths

May 20, 2014

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported two new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking to 175 the overall number of fatalities from the respiratory disease in the world's worst-hit country.

Recommended for you

Atypical antipsychotics up renal injury risk in seniors

12 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Use of atypical antipsychotic drugs is associated with increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in older adults, according to research published in the Aug. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Me ...

User comments