Leptospirosis: A childhood disease

Michael L. Wong, Sheldon Kaplan, Lisa M. Dunkle, Barbara W. Stechenberg, Ralph D. Feigin

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Abstract

A diagnosis of leptospirosis was confirmed in nine children who were admitted to St. Louis Children'sHospital during the past 54 months. Epidemiologic, clinical, cultural, and serologic data which were obtained emphasize (1) the high incidence of urban cases; (2) contact with dogs as the most likely source of infection; and (3) that serotypes other than Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae may produce severe clinical disease. Unusual or previously unreported manifestations of leptospirosis including acalculous cholecystitis, pancreatitis, abdominal causalgia, desquamating skin rashes, and infarction of the extremities which were noted in these children are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-537
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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