II. Epidemiology

  1. Asia has been epicenter of SARS outbreaks

III. Pathophysiology

  1. Coronavirus spread by respiratory droplet transmission

IV. Symptoms

  1. Fever (Temperature over 100.4 F or 38 C)
  2. Chills
  3. Myalgias
  4. Non-productive Cough
  5. Headache
  6. Dizziness

V. Radiology

  1. Chest XRay (abnormal in 75% of cases at presentation)
    1. Patchy consolidation in peripheral lung fields
  2. Chest CT
    1. Peripheral "ground-glass" opacifications

VI. Labs: Complete Blood Count with platelets

  1. Lymphocyte Count >4000/uL or <1500/uL
  2. Neutrophil Count <2000/uL
  3. Platelet Count <150,000/mm3

VII. Management

  1. Cover differential diagnosis
    1. Empiric treatment for Bacterial Pneumonia
  2. Non-specific measures used in SARS cases
    1. Indications
      1. Fever >48 hours
      2. Thrombocytopenia
      3. Leukopenia
    2. Management
      1. Ribavirin
      2. Methylprednisolone

VIII. Course

  1. Incubation Period: 2-16 days (mean 5-6 days)
  2. ICU admission rate: 23%
  3. Mechanical Ventilation required: 13.8%
  4. Mortality: 3.6%
    1. Associated with major comorbidities
  5. Time at which further hospital transmission unlikely
    1. Twenty days from last known SARS case onset

IX. Prevention

  1. Respiratory protection
    1. N95 or equivalent mask
  2. SARS Vaccine
    1. WHO trials of Vaccine due to start winter of 2004

X. Risk Factors

  1. Close contact to infected patients
    1. Household contacts
    2. Healthcare workers
  2. Highest risk transmission to unmasked healthcare worker
    1. BiPap or CPAP administration
    2. Nebulizer administration
    3. Intubation
    4. Bronchoscopy

XI. Prognosis: Predictors of worse prognosis

  1. Advanced age
  2. Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) increased
  3. Neutrophilia

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Ontology: SARS coronavirus (C1175743)

Definition (NCI_CDISC) Any viral organism that can be assigned to the species SARS coronavirus.
Definition (NCI) A species of enveloped, spherical or pleomorphic, kidney-shaped or rod-shaped viruses in the Coronaviridae family and Coronavirus genus. The genome is composed of linear, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA. SARS coronaviruses are found in humans and cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). SARS coronaviruses are transmitted via direct person-to-person contact with infected secretions or excretions, and aerosols of respiratory droplets.
Definition (CSP) species of coronavirus causing atypical respiratory disease (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in humans; organism is believed to have first emerged in Guangdong Province, China, in 2002.
Definition (MSH) A species of CORONAVIRUS causing atypical respiratory disease (SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME) in humans. The organism is believed to have first emerged in Guangdong Province, China, in 2002. The natural host is the Chinese horseshoe bat, RHINOLOPHUS sinicus.
Concepts Virus (T005)
MSH D045473
SnomedCT 415360003
LNC LP71047-2, LP35807-4, MTHU044721
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Japanese SARSウイルス, コロナウイルス-SARS, 重症急性呼吸器症候群ウイルス
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German SARS-Virus
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