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Infection Due to <i>Yersinia enterocolitica</i> in a Series of Patients with α-Thalassemia: Incidence and Predisposing Factors

Thomas V. Adamkiewicz, Mati Berkovitch, Chandar Krishnan, Christina Polsinelli, Dee Kermack and Nancy F. Olivieri

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 27, issue 6, pages 1362-1366
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/515025
Infection Due to Yersinia enterocolitica in a Series of Patients with α-Thalassemia: Incidence and Predisposing Factors

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Over 15 years, 14 patients with yersiniosis in two North American comprehensive thalassemia clinics (0.6 cases per 100 patient-years) presented with fever (100%), diarrhea (86%), right-lower-quadrant abdominal pain (71%), bacteremia (57%), a palpable abdominal mass (36%), and pharyngitis (28%). Clinically apparent infection occurred within 10 days of blood transfusion in 57% of patients. Nine patients (64%) had only a modest elevation in serum level of ferritin (<2,000 µg/L). Patients with focal abdominal findings had a higher body iron burden, as estimated by the serum ferritin level, and significant intraabdominal suppurative complications. Two patients were not receiving iron-chelating therapy with deferoxamine; one patient was receiving the experimental chelator deferiprone (L1). Iron-loaded patients with β-thalassemia are at greatly increased risk for severe yersiniosis, even when their body iron burden (as indicated by the serum ferritin level) is only moderately elevated and they are not receiving iron-chelating therapy with deferoxamine.

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