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Infect Chemother. 2009 Aug;41(4):236-239. English. Case Report.
Kang YJ , Choi SY , Kang IJ , Lee JE , Seo MH , Lee TH , Ghim BK .
Department of Internal Medicine, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Internal Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

We experienced a case of enteritis mimicking acute appendicitis in Dengue fever. This is the first case report of such complication in Korea. A 36-year-old man presented with fever and abdominal pain after a trip to the Philippines. He complained of severe pain on the right iliac fossa region. Complete blood cell count showed thrombocytopenia with leucopenia. Computed tomogram (CT) of abdomen and pelvis revealed a normal appendix. Dengue fever was confirmed by IgM capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay against dengue virus. During the follow-up period of 4 weeks, he was recovered and platelet count gradually. We can see from this case that dengue fever may present with abdominal pain, which mimics acute appendicitis. Early recognition of dengue fever mimicking appendicitis is important to prevent unnecessary surgical intervention.

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