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Helv Paediatr Acta. 1985 Apr;40(1):87-91.

A fatal case of Q fever hepatitis in a child.


A two-year-old boy of Arabic extraction presented with progressive jaundice and prolonged pyrexia. Both IgM and IgG immunofluorescent antibody titers for Q fever were 1:1280. Two goats and one cow of the domestic animals owned by the family also had positive antibody titers against Q fever. In spite of antibiotic treatment with tetracyclines and chloramphenicol, the hepatic involvement progressed gradually. On the twentieth day of admission the child succumbed from hepatic failure. This child presents a rare case of fatal hepatic failure due to Q fever.

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