1291. Clinical Significance of Human Coronavirus in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples from Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipients and Hematologic Malignancy Patients
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Clinical Infectious Diseases: Respiratory Infections
Friday, October 28, 2016
Room: Poster Hall
  • IDWeek_2016_poster_HCoV5.pdf (552.8 kB)
  • Background: Fatal pneumonia attributed to human coronaviruses (HCoVs) in hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients has been reported but systematic studies on the possible role of HCoV in lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) in HCT and hematologic malignancy (HM) patients are limited.

    Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of HCT/HM patients with HCoV detected in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). HCoV strains were identified in frozen BAL samples using strain-specific PCR. Mortality rates were compared among HCT recipients with LRTD caused by HCoV, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (Flu) or parainfluenza virus (PIV) without respiratory viral co-pathogens by multivariable Cox regression analysis.

    Results: We identified 37 cases with HCoV in BAL (Table). Among 23 samples available, 48% were OC43, 22% were NL63, 17% were 229E and 13% were HKU1. Overall, 23 cases (62%) required oxygen (O2) therapy at diagnosis and 19 cases (51%) died within 90 days from diagnosis. Twenty-one cases (57%) had other respiratory pathogen(s) detected, including viruses (N = 12), fungi (N = 10), and bacteria (N = 8). Mortality rates of these patients were similar to those without co-pathogens (p-value 0.89). Multivariable Cox regression for mortality adjusted for cell source, co-pathogens, neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, O2 use at diagnosis, steroid use and respiratory viruses (HCoV, RSV, Flu and PIV) was carried out. Adjusted hazard ratio of HCoV LRTD for overall mortality was 1.37 (95% CI 0.67-2.82, p-value 0.39) with RSV LRTD as a reference.

    Conclusion: HCoV LRTD in HCT/HM patients is associated with high O2 requirement and mortality. Mortality associated with HCoV LRTD in HCT recipients is similar to that seen with other respiratory viral pathogens including RSV, Flu and PIV.


    HCoV as Sole

    Respiratory Pathogen


    HCoV Coinfected with Other Respiratory Pathogens




    5 (31%)

    5 (24%)

    Age: median (range)

    55 (8-62)

    49 (26-68)

    HM patients



    HCT recipients






    Bone marrow



    Peripheral blood stem cell



    O2 requirement at diagnosis

    9 (56%)

    14 (67%)


    Mechanical ventilation requirement within 10 days from diagnosis

    3 (19%)

    4 (19%)

    Death at Day 90 from diagnosis

    8 (50%)

    11 (52%)

    Chikara Ogimi, MD1, Alpana Waghmare, MD2, Jane Kuypers, PhD3, Hu Xie, MS4, Wendy Leisenring, ScD5, Cecilia Yeung, MD5, Sachiko Seo, MD5, Su-Mi Choi, M.D., Ph.D6, Keith Jerome, MD, PhD7, Janet Englund, MD, FIDSA8 and Michael Boeckh, MD, FIDSA7, (1)Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (2)University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (3)Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (4)Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, (5)Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, (6)Vaccine Bio Research Institute, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea, The Republic of, (7)Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, (8)Infectious Disease/Cctr, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA


    C. Ogimi, None

    A. Waghmare, None

    J. Kuypers, None

    H. Xie, None

    W. Leisenring, None

    C. Yeung, None

    S. Seo, None

    S. M. Choi, None

    K. Jerome, None

    J. Englund, Pfizer: Consultant and Investigator , Research support and Speaker honorarium
    Gilead: Consultant and Investigator , Consulting fee and Research support
    GlaxoSmithKline: Investigator and Member Data Safety Monitoring BOard , Hourly payment for DSMB work and Research support
    Alios: Investigator , Research support
    Roche: Investigator , Research support

    M. Boeckh, None

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