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Title: Acute hearing loss due to scrub typhus: a forgotten complication of a reemerging disease
Authors: Premaratna, R.
Chandrasena, T.G.A.N.
Dassanayake, A.S.
Loftis, A.D.
Dasch, G.A.
de Silva, H.J.
Keywords: Scrub Typhus
Hearing Loss
Scrub Typhus-complications
Communicable Diseases, Emerging-complications
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2006; 42(1): pp.e6-8
Abstract: We describe 6 patients with scrub typhus who presented with acute hearing loss, a forgotten complication of this reemerging disease. They were admitted with fever of 10-14 days' duration and had clinical evidence of deafness and pneumonitis. Five patients had eschars, which prompted the diagnosis of typhus fever and led to early institution of treatment. Deafness has been described as a clue to the diagnosis of scrub typhus; awareness of this symptom facilitated early diagnosis in 4 of 5 patients who recovered. Acute hearing loss or hearing impairment in a febrile patient should arouse strong suspicion of scrub typhus.
Description: Indexed for MEDLINE
ISSN: 1058-4838 (Print)
1537-6591 (Electronic)
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