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Respiratory syncytial virus

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Chest conditions, Disease, Condition & Injury, Lungs

Respiratory syncytial virus – Definition

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of many types of infections of the respiratory system (lungs and breathing passages), including:

  • Common cold
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Croup

Although these infections can happen at any age, they occur most commonly and are usually most severe in infants, young children, and the elderly. In severe cases, RSV infections can cause death.

Respiratory System Anatomy of an Infant