Orchitis as an unusual manifestation of human African trypanosomiasis

Stephan Ehrhardt, Ute Lippert, Gerd D. Burchard, Hinrich Sudeck

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African trypanosomiasis is a re-emerging disease. We report the case of an African patient whose predominant symptom was infertility due to a granulomatous orchitis. The patient was afebrile and had not been in Africa for years. Lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly led us eventually to the diagnosis of sleeping sickness. After treatment with suramin his spermiogram returned to normal. Sleeping sickness evolves through clinically different stages and leads to death if left untreated. The disease may, however, present clinically extremely variable and may thus be difficult to diagnose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e31-e33
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • African trypanosomiasis
  • Orchitis
  • Sleeping sickness
  • Suramin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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