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Reactivation of pre-existing scars, as a manifestation of cutaneous sarcoidosis, is uncommon and the clinical significance of this odd symptom often remains unrecognised. In the appropriate setting a skin biopsy may serve to establish the diagnosis of sarcoidosis and avoid more invasive attempts at obtaining tissue. The case of a 72 year old man with remote… (More)
AIM Procalcitonin (PCT) as a diagnostic marker for bacteremia and sepsis has been extensively studied. We aimed to study PCT levels in Salmonella infections whether they would serve as marker for early diagnosis in endemic areas to start empiric treatment while awaiting blood culture report. MATERIALS AND METHODS BACTEC blood culture was used to isolate… (More)
Mycobacterium abscessus is an unusual cause of infection in immunocompetent patients. The intrinsic and acquired resistance of this organism to multiple antibiotics is a major issue in planning treatment regimens. We report a case of M. abscessus endocarditis of the native aortic valve in an immunocompetent patient following coronary angiography with a… (More)
We report a case of an immunocompetent patient who presented with a short history of unilateral cerebellar lesion later proven as toxoplasmosis on histopathology. The case highlights that patients with G6PD deficiency are more prone to develop fatal toxoplasma infections than those individuals with normal G6PD activity.
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is an uncommon hematological disorder affecting selectively the erythroid cell lines. PRCA is defined as anemia with normal leukocyte and platelet counts, a corrected reticulocyte count <1%, <5% erythroid precursors in the bone marrow and an absence of hemolysis. We describe a case of Zidovudine (AZT) induced PRCA causing severe… (More)
Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) is an under-recognized disease most commonly presenting with cervical lymphadenopathy, fever, and cytopenias in young females. Bilateral parotid enlargement is usually caused by infections (e.g., mumps) and autoimmune conditions (e.g., Sjogren syndrome). Parotid enlargement, inguinal lymphadenopathy, and pyrexia of unknown… (More)
A 32-year-old male presented with progressive swelling of fingers of both hands and joint pains. On physical examination, the patient had severe pallor, frontal bossing, zygomatic prominence, malocclusion of teeth and tophaceous deposits at knuckles and pinna (Fig. 1a). There was mild hepatomegaly and massive splenomegaly. On investigation, his hemoglobin… (More)