A case of severe babesiosis treated successfully with exchange transfusion


Tanyel E., Guler N., Hokelek M., Ulger F., Sunbul M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.38, pp.83-85, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijid.2015.07.019
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-85

Abstract

Babesiosis is a zoonotic disease that may be asymptomatic or result in severe clinical conditions, with severe hemolysis, hepatic, and renal failure, in humans. Clinical symptoms depend on the species and immune status of the host. The disease is especially severe in those of advanced age, those with an immune deficiency, and the splenectomized. A severe case of babesiosis that developed in a splenectomy patient is presented here; the patient was admitted from a rural region with severe anemia and a deterioration in her general condition, with an initial diagnosis of malaria. In such situations, an exchange transfusion (ET), in addition to antimicrobial treatment, could be lifesaving. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of International Society for Infectious Diseases.