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Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis Presenting as Acute Appendicitis During Pregnancy

Ann E. Smith Sehdev, Paul S. Sehdev, Ruth Jacobs and J. Stephen Dumler

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 9, pages e99-e102
Published in print November 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/342887
Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis Presenting as Acute Appendicitis During Pregnancy

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Human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME) is caused by Ehrlichia chaffeensis, an obligate intracellular bacterium that infects mononuclear phagocytic cells. We report a unique case of HME diagnosed in a woman who presented with abdominal pain and acute appendicitis during early pregnancy and whose condition progressively deteriorated to adult respiratory distress syndrome.

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

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