Echovirus Infection Treatment & Management

Updated: Sep 11, 2017
  • Author: Madhu Chhanda Choudhary, MD; Chief Editor: Burke A Cunha, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Most echoviral infections are self-limited and require no specific therapy. Medical treatment is supportive and symptomatic. Pleconaril, an experimental agent with in vitro activity against most enteroviruses, was evaluated in clinical trials but has not been approved by the FDA for use as an antiviral agent. [28]

Intravenous gamma globulin (IVIG) therapy has been used to treat immunocompromised patients with persistent echoviral infection. The role of IVIG in serious infections has not been subjected to adequate clinical trials. Nonrandomized trials in neonates and children with myocarditis treated with IVIG showed improved recovery in ventricular function compared with children treated without IVIG. [29]