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Author Porobićjahić, Humera ♦ Mehanić, Snježana ♦ Koluder, Nada ♦ Ibrahimpašić, Nevzeta ♦ Hadžić, Eldira ♦ Zirić, Mirela ♦ Čalkić, Lejla ♦ Ahmetagić, Sead ♦ Žepić, Denis ♦ Bajić, Jelena ♦ Grgić, Svjetlana
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Content type Text
Publisher Medical Association of Zenica-Doboj Canton
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2015-08-14
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) R
Subject Keyword Epidemiological characteristics ♦ Treatment ♦ Diagnosis ♦ Medicine ♦ Clinical features
Abstract Aim To analyse clinical, laboratory and epidemiological characteristics of brucellosis in children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Methods The study included 246 children aged 0-18 years, who were hospitalized in Clinics and Departments for Infectious Diseases in Tuzla, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Zenica and Bihać in the period 2000-2013, in whom the diagnosis of brucellosis was established based on anamnestic data, clinical features and positive results from blood culture and/or positive results from one of the serological tests. Results In this period, a total of 2630 patients, 246 (9.35%) of whom were children, were treated from brucellosis at the Clinics and Departments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the majority of cases, the children were from rural parts of the country, 226 (91.87%);214 (87.04%) cases had direct contact with sick animals, sick family member or consumption of unpasteurized dairy products from farms where brucellosis had been already established. Male children predominated, 157 (63.82%). The most frequent clinical features in affected children were fever, 194 (78.86%) and joint pain, 158 (64.22%). The average duration of antimicrobial treatment was 42.85 ± 10.67 days. A total of 228 (92.68%) children were completely cured, while relapses occurred in 18 (7.32%) children. Conclusion Since brucellosis is an endemic disease in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is important that physicians in their daily practice consider brucellosis and establish proper diagnosis and therapy in children with prolonged fever, arthralgia, leukopenia and positive epidemiological data, especially in rural parts of the country.
ISSN 18402445
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-08-01
e-ISSN 18400132
Journal Medicinski Glasnik
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 2
Page Count 6
Starting Page 177
Ending Page 182

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