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The clinical spectrum of tularemia-Two cases

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We report two cases of tularemia with different clinical manifestations, both suspected of tick-borne transmission and with near-complete remission of all symptoms within 3 months after antimicrobial treatment. The first patient presented with a classical ulceroglandular manifestation; general malaise, an ulcer and lymphadenopathy, occurring two weeks after a tick bite. Diagnosis was established by polymerase chain reaction of a skin biopsy from the ulcer. The second patient presented with a rare systemic manifestation including bacteremia and myocarditis resulting in severe clinical heart failure, pulmonary edema and secondary kidney failure. Previous tick bites were elucidated after the bacteremia was discovered. The cases underscore the heterogeneity of manifestations, the diagnostic approach and the importance of thorough medical history including recent exposures especially in cases with infection of unknown origin.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIDCases
Volume21
Pages (from-to)e00890
ISSN2214-2509
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

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