Tuberculosis or melioidosis? - Look twice in Southwestern Coastal India

Mukhopadhyay, Chiranjay and Krishna, Sushma and Vandana, KE and Saravu, Kavitha and Balasubramaniam, R (2012) Tuberculosis or melioidosis? - Look twice in Southwestern Coastal India. SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases and HIV/AIDS, 9 (2). pp. 15-18.

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Melioidosis is known endemic in many Southeast Asian countries, especially Thailand, and in Northern Australia. The disease was long considered under-recognized in India but has now gained the status of emerging infectious disease here. Increasing isolation of the causitive agent B. pseudomallei is encountered in the recent years from this part of western coastal India. We report one such case of pulmonary melioidosis in an elderly patient misdiagnosed as tuberculosis ending fatally. Prompt microbiological diagnosis prevents the unnecessary Anti-TB treatment or prophylaxis. This was also our first of isolation of B. pseudomallei from endotracheal aspirate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Burkholderia pseudomallei; Melioidosis; Pneumonia; Tuberculosis.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Microbiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 10:32
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 10:32

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