Journal Article

Acute Hearing Loss Due to Scrub Typhus: A Forgotten Complication of a Reemerging Disease

R. Premaratna, T. G. A. N. Chandrasena, A. S. Dassayake, A. D. Loftis, G. A. Dasch and H. J. de Silva

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 42, issue 1, pages e6-8
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/498747
Acute Hearing Loss Due to Scrub Typhus: A Forgotten Complication of a Reemerging Disease

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We describe 6 patients with scrub typhus who presented with acute hearing loss, a forgotten complication of this reemerging disease. They were admitted with fever of 10–14 days' duration and had clinical evidence of deafness and pneumonitis. Five patients had eschars, which prompted the diagnosis of typhus fever and led to early institution of treatment. Deafness has been described as a clue to the diagnosis of scrub typhus; awareness of this symptom facilitated early diagnosis in 4 of 5 patients who recovered. Acute hearing loss or hearing impairment in a febrile patient should arouse strong suspicion of scrub typhus.

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

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