Tularemia in a kidney transplant recipient: An unsuspected case and literature review

Jad A. Khoury, Daniel L. Bohl, Michael J. Hersh, Alexis C. Argoudelis, Daniel C. Brennan

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Abstract

• Tularemia is a zoonotic infection that has rarely been reported in transplant recipients. The authors present a case of unsuspected tularemia in a kidney transplant patient that was diagnosed by isolation of Francisella tularensis in the blood. The patient was treated successfully with antibiotics. During diagnostic workup, a laboratory technician was exposed to tularemia by inhalation of the culture plate and received postexposure prophylaxis. This report emphasizes the importance of exposure history in the investigation of fever in an immunocompromised host and the special precautions needed when a virulent infectious organism is suspected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-929
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bioterrorism
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Postexposure prophylaxis
  • Tularemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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