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Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2017 Jun;8(4):537-539. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2017.02.016. Epub 2017 Feb 28.

Splenic dysfunction from celiac disease resulting in severe babesiosis.

Author information

1
Department of Infectious Diseases, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland. Electronic address: soconnell@stjames.ie.
2
Department of Surgery, Letterkenny University Hospital, Letterkenny, Ireland.
3
Department of Haematology, Letterkenny University Hospital, Letterkenny, Ireland.
4
Department of Haematology, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
5
School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
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Institute for Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology & Infection Control, Northwest Medical Centre, Academic Teaching Hospital, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany.
7
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, USA.
8
UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland.
9
Department of Infectious Diseases, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland; Northwestern Memorial University Chicago, USA; Makerere University Uganda, Uganda.
10
Department of Haematology, Letterkenny University Hospital, Letterkenny, Ireland; Pecs University, Faculty of General Medicine, Pecs, Hungary.

Abstract

We describe a 79-year-old Irish man who, because he had hyposplenism and splenic atrophy due to adult celiac disease, became critically ill from a severe Babesia divergens infection. Greater awareness of the possible consequences of splenic dysfunction from adult celiac disease, such as serious pneumococcal infections and babesiosis, is warranted.

PMID:
28286145
DOI:
10.1016/j.ttbdis.2017.02.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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