Pleural and Pericardial Effusions: Rare Presentations of Brucellosis, Iran

  • Abdolreza Soudbakhsh Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Maryam Roham Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinaghi Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Hamid Emadi Kochak Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Willi McFarland University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Keywords: Brucellosis, Pericardial effusion, Pleural effusion, Iran

Abstract

We report a rare case of brucellosis presenting with pleural and pericardial effusions in a 35 year-old male rancher in Iran with fever and dyspnea. Such findings should prompt inclusion of brucellosis in the differential diagnosis in endemic areas.

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Soudbakhsh A, Roham M, SeyedAlinaghi S, Emadi Kochak H, McFarland W. Pleural and Pericardial Effusions: Rare Presentations of Brucellosis, Iran. Acta Med Iran. 49(5):325-326.
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