Korean J Med.  2014 Feb;86(2):253-257.

Severe Scrub Typhus Complicated by Myofascitis Due to the Taguchi Strain of Orientia tsutsugamushi

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea. neosangtaek@naver.com
  • 2Department of Radiology, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Microbiology, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.

Abstract

Scrub typhus is an acute febrile illness with focal or general vasculitis that is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. The spectrum of clinical severity ranges from mild to severe with potentially fatal complications including acute renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, meningitis, myocarditis, and pneumonia. However, myofascitis with scrub typhus has not been reported to date. We report a case of pneumonia, meningitis, and myofascitis in a 56-year-old male patient with scrub typhus due to the Taguchi strain of O. tsutsugamushi.

Keyword

Scrub typhus; Pneumonia; Meningitis; Fasciitis
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