Rat-bite fever as a cause of septic arthritis: a diagnostic dilemma.

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Nicholas A. Patrone (Creator)
Richard L. Rumley (Creator)
Lindsey White (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Rat-bite fever results from an infection with the organism Streptobacillus moniliformis. Symptomatic patients often present with fever malaise cough maculopapular rash and occasional arthritis and usually have a history of rodent exposure. This report describes a patient with rat-bite fever resulting in suppurative arthritis. The patient's diagnosis was made by culture of S moniliformis from his left wrist. The diagnosis was delayed however owing to the lack of an exposure history atypical clinical presentation and the unusual microbiologic characteristics shown by this organism. Originally published Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Vol. 46 No. 10 Oct 1987

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Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 46:10(October 1987) p. 793-795.
Language: English
Date: 2011
streptobacillus moniliformis

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