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J Formos Med Assoc. 1993 May;92(5):475-7.

Acute renal failure associated with scrub typhus: report of a case.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.


We report on a 25-year-old man who had scrub typhus with the unusual complication of acute renal failure. The clinical features of fever, headache, high Weil-Felix OX-K agglutination and Rickettsia tsutsugamushi immunofluorescence titers confirmed the diagnosis of scrub typhus. Acute renal failure was proven by oliguria, urinary diagnostic indices and renal biopsy. The patient had a complete recovery after adequate medical treatment.

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