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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

Hemothorax in scrub typhus: A rare clinical manifestation

Department of General Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India

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Nayyar Iqbal
Department of General Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry - 605 014
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DOI: 10.4103/2455-3069.198380

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Scrub typhus is one of the most common causes of acute febrile illness in South India. The clinical features vary from mild illness to severe complications such as gastrointestinal bleed, acute respiratory distress syndrome, meningoencephalitis, and acute kidney injury. The pathological findings are characterized by vasculitis of small vessels of the involved organs. We report probably the first case of scrub typhus-related hemothorax in a 72-year-old diabetic male who presented with acute febrile illness with shortness of breath and acute kidney injury. The patient improved with azithromycin and hemodialysis.

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