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Epidemiol Infect. 2010 Jul;138(7):1004-11. doi: 10.1017/S0950268809991099. Epub 2009 Nov 4.

Patient-reported complications associated with Campylobacter jejuni infection.

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Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland. daniela.schonberg@helsinki.fi

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the occurrence of complications, especially musculoskeletal symptoms, after sporadic Campylobacter jejuni enteritis of domestic origin in Finland. This multi-centre cross-sectional study was conducted during a seasonal peak in 2002. Questionnaires were sent to Campylobacter-positive patients, representing different geographical areas, 2 months after collection of positive stool samples. Medical records were viewed in several cases. Besides antimicrobial susceptibility testing C. jejuni isolates were serotyped. A total of 235 patients (58%) returned the questionnaire and 201 C. jejuni-positive patients were finally included in the study. Musculoskeletal symptoms associated with C. jejuni enteritis were frequent (39%); joint pain was most commonly reported (81%). The incidence of reactive arthritis was 4% and that of Achilles enthesopathy and/or heel pain was 9%. Stomach ache during enteritis was associated with the later development of joint pain. Antimicrobial treatment was common but did not prevent complications.

PMID:
19887016
DOI:
10.1017/S0950268809991099
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