Cytomegalovirus pancreatitis in an immunocompetent patient

Muhammad I. Saeed, Rachel Stephens, Okechukwu Nwogbo, Imran Y. Gani, Rajan Kapoor, Atbin Doroodchi

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a double-stranded DNA virus, which infects a large portion of the adult population. In immunocompetent patients, it typically is asymptomatic or manifests as mild and self-limiting flu-like illness symptoms, whereas in immunocompromised patients, CMV can cause significant disease. Herein we report an unusual case of CMV pancreatitis in an immunocompetent 75-year-old female. Patient developed severe significant pancreatic necrosis that failed non-operative management, and ultimately underwent pancreatic necrosectomy. Later on, she developed three spontaneous gastric perforations. The first two perforations were managed operatively, but after the third perforation family decided not to undergo another operation. The CMV pancreatitis diagnosis was based on pancreatic histopathology and confirms by a prompt response to ganciclovir. Patient was promptly started on intravenous (IV) ganciclovir which resulted in clinical recovery and she remained asymptomatic more than one-year post op. This is a rare case of CMV pancreatitis with gastric perforations in an immunocompetent patient. High degree of suspicion and appropriate treatment are important for such clinical scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00932
StatePublished - 2020


  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Ganciclovir
  • Gastric perforation
  • Pancreatic necrosis
  • Pancreatitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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