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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 393-396

Multi-organ dysfunction in scrub typhus


Department of Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Centre ( JIPMER), Pondicherry, India

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Praveen Kumar Arinaganhalli Subbanna
Department of Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Centre (JIPMER), Pondicherry - 605 006
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.102085

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Scrub typhus is an acute, febrile zoonosis, caused by an obligate intracellular bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi (O tsutsugamushi). The disease is of greatest public health importance in rural areas of Asia and in Western Pacific Islands. The clinical manifestations of the disease range from sub-clinical disease to an organ failure. The various complications known with this disease are jaundice, renal failure, pneumonitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), septic shock, myocarditis and meningo-encephalitis. The complications of scrub typhus usually develop after the 1 st week of illness. We report a 60-year-old farmer with scrub typhus, who presented with multi-organ dysfunction and recovered completely with treatment.


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