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Clin Infect Dis. 2002 Mar 1;34(5):E28-31. Epub 2002 Jan 23.

Changing clinical presentation of Q fever endocarditis.

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Unité des Rickettsies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Minte de Recherche 6020, Faculté de Médecine de Marseille, Marseille, France.


Fifteen cases of Q fever endocarditis that occurred in 1999-2000 in southern France are described and compared with 15 cases from the same area reported in 1987. Significant decreases were found in the prevalences of heart failure, hepatomegaly, inflammatory syndrome, anemia, leukopenia, and abnormal liver function test results in patients who had Q fever endocarditis after 1997. This was probably the result of a reduction in the delay before diagnosis of the disease and of the use of novel, effective antibiotic regimens.

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