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Cardiac involvement in a patient with clinical and serological evidence of African tick-bite fever.
BMC infectious diseases
Publication types: Case Reports ; Journal Article - Publication Status: epublish
BACKGROUND: Myocarditis and pericarditis are rare complications of rickettsiosis, usually associated with Rickettsia rickettsii and R. conorii. African tick-bite fever (ATBF) is generally considered as a benign disease and no cases of myocardial involvement due to Rickettsia africae, the agent of ATBF, have yet been described. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient, that travelled in an endemic area, presented typical inoculation eschars, and a seroconversion against R. africae, was admitted for chest pains and increased cardiac enzymes in the context of an acute myocarditis. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that ATBF, that usually presents a benign course, may be complicated by an acute myocarditis.
Adult, Animals, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bites and Stings, Doxycycline, Humans, Male, Myocarditis, Pericarditis, Rickettsia, Rickettsia Infections, South Africa, Tick-Borne Diseases, Ticks, Travel
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