Journal Article

Changing Clinical Presentation of Q Fever Endocarditis

Pierre Houpikian, Gilbert Habib, Thierry Mesana and Didier Raoult

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 5, pages e28-e31
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338873
Changing Clinical Presentation of Q Fever Endocarditis

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Fifteen cases of Q fever endocarditis that occurred in 1999–2000 in southern France are described and compared with 15 cases from the same area reported in 1987. Significant decreases were found in the prevalences of heart failure, hepatomegaly, inflammatory syndrome, anemia, leukopenia, and abnormal liver function test results in patients who had Q fever endocarditis after 1997. This was probably the result of a reduction in the delay before diagnosis of the disease and of the use of novel, effective antibiotic regimens.

Journal Article.  2742 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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