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Revista Medica Herediana

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MAGUINA VARGAS, Ciro Peregrino et al. Clinical manifestations and complications of the acute phase of bartonellosis or Oroya’s Fever in patients of the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.3, pp.87-95. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objectives: To determine the clinical, epidemiological and laboratory of acute bartonellosis, as well as complications in a series of patients treated at the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Material and methods: Descriptive study type series of patients aged over 15 years with acute bartonellosis hospitalized at the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia between 1993 and 2006. Results: The mean age was 27.8 years, 72.7% were male, 51.5% were from Lima and 33.3% from Ancash. The main symptoms were: fever 90.9%, headache 87.9%, hyporexia 75.5%, weight loss 63.6% and jaundice 57.6%. Two patients showed abnormalities in the ophtalmoscopie: exudative retinitis and hemorrhagic retinopathy. The mean hematocrit was 20.8% and 63.6% had hematocrit £ 20%. There was left shift in 24.2%, indirect hyperbilirubinemia 62.5% and hypoalbuminaemia 56.5%. Complications were present in 84.8% and 27.2% required placement in the ICU. Noninfectious complications occurred in 84.8%, hematological 81.8% and gastrointestinal 78.7%. Infectious complications were presented in 12.1%. The most commonly antibiotics used were ciprofloxacin in 66.6% and chloramphenicol 42.4%, corticoids were administered in 9,1% and 42,4% required red blood cell transfusion. Conclusions: ICU patients had more cardiovascular complications, thrombocytopenia and increased severity of anemia. There was no mortality. (Rev Med Hered 2008;19:87-95)

Keywords : Bartonellosis; complications; Oroya’s fever.

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