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Case of Rickettsia typhi-induced Brain Abscess Mimicking Brain Tumor
Yoonhyuk Jang, Jangsup Moon, Jin-Sun Jun, Tae-joon Kim, Kyung-Il Park, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Osong Public Health Res Perspect. 2018;9(3):122-125.   Published online June 30, 2018
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Murine typhus is one of the most prevalent rickettsial infections in the world, caused by the bacterial genus Rickettsia. Though the disease manifests a relatively benign clinical course with fever, rash, and headache being the 3 classic symptoms, neurological complications may arise in patients that could become permanent. In this case study, a patient with a brain abscess caused by R typhi infection is described. Based upon the recent reemergence of arthropod-borne disease, the findings in this case are significant; R typhi can cause a brain abscess that mimics a brain tumor, which delays the diagnosis and appropriate management of the disease. Murine typhus should always be considered when performing the differential diagnosis of brain abscesses in South Korea.


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