A novel H1N1 influenza A virus emerged in April 2009, and rapidly reached pandemic proportions. We report a retrospective observational case study of pathologic findings in 8 patients with fatal novel H1N1 infection at the University of Michigan Health Systems (Ann Arbor) compared with 8 age-, sex-, body mass index–, and treatment-matched control subjects. Diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) in acute and organizing phases affected all patients with influenza and was accompanied by acute bronchopneumonia in 6 patients. Organizing DAD with established fibrosis was present in 1 patient with preexisting granulomatous lung disease. Only 50% of control subjects had DAD. Peripheral pulmonary vascular thrombosis occurred in 5 of 8 patients with influenza and 3 of 8 control subjects. Cytophagocytosis was seen in all influenza-related cases. The autopsy findings in our patients with novel H1N1 influenza resemble other influenza virus infections with the exception of prominent thrombosis and hemophagocytosis. The possibility of hemophagocytic syndrome should be investigated in severely ill patients with H1N1 infection.
Autopsy Findings in Eight Patients With Fatal H1N1 Influenza
Paul W.Harms, Lindsay A.Schmidt, Lauren B.Smith, Duane W.Newton, Maria A.Pletneva, Laura L.Walters, Scott A.Tomlins, AmandaFisher-Hubbard, Lena M.Napolitano, Pauline K.Park, MilaBlaivas, JosephFantone, Jeffrey L.Myers, Jeffrey M.Jentzen
American Journal of Clinical Pathology Jul 2010, 134 (1) 27-35; DOI: 10.1309/AJCP35KOZSAVNQZW