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J Korean Acad Fam Med. 2001 Aug;22(8):1279-1286. Korean. Original Article.
Cho IH , Kim YH , Rho CJ , Song GH .
Department of Family Medicine, BAGAE General Hospital.

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this stady is to define the clinical characteristics of Tsutsugamushi disease. METHODS: We analyzed 12 cases of tsutsugamushi disease admitted to BAG AE general hospital from 1999. Oct. 1st to Dec. 10. Tsutsugamushi disease was diagnosed by indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. RESULTS: 1) Among them, 8 cases were female and 4 cases were male. The prevalence was predominantly high in female. 2) The age distribution ranged from 40 to 80 years old. The high incidence of age was 70's and 80's. 3) The peak incidene was showed between October and November.(91.6%). 4) The most frequent symptoms were fever and chills(91.6%). 5) Rash and eschar were observed in 83.3%(10 of 12) both. 6) Hepatosplenomegaly and lymphadenopathy were also observed in 25%(3 of 12), 16.6%(2 of 12) respectively. 7) The Laboratory finding showed the elevation of AST 66.6% (8 of 12), ALT 58.3%(7 of 12), alkaline phosphatase 25%(3 of 12) and LDH 25%(3 of 12). Albuminuria and hypoalbuminuria were also observed in 25%(3 of 12), 58.3%(7 of 12) respectively. 8) The therapeutic efficacy of doxycycline was excellent. CONCLUSION: Tsutsugamushi disease which appeared in Pyoungtack area showed typical clinical pattern and was effective to doxycycline treatment.

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