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Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2016 Oct;75(10):291-294.

A 23-year-old Man with Leptospirosis and Acute Abdominal Pain.

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John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI.

Abstract

Leptospirosis is a zoonosis caused by the spirochete Leptospira interrogans. Most cases of leptospirosis are mild to moderate, and self-limited. The course of disease, however, may be complicated by multiorgan dysfunction such as in Weil's disease. We present a case of Weil's disease with pancreatitis in a young Caucasian man residing in Hawai'i. Although leptospirosis is common in Hawai'i, few patients present with pancreatitis. This report of leptospirosis-induced pancreatitis should help raise awareness of clinicians to assess for pancreatitis when evaluating a patient with leptospirosis and acute abdominal pain.

KEYWORDS:

Leptospirosis; Weil's disease; acute abdominal pain; hyperbilirubinemia; multiorgan dysfunction; pancreatitis

PMID:
27738562
PMCID:
PMC5056631
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