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Brucellosis with very high ferritin levels: report of five cases.

Research paper by Vefik V Arica, İ İ Şilfeler, S S Arica, M M Tutanç, V K VK Motor, M M İnci

Indexed on: 29 Jun '11Published on: 29 Jun '11Published in: Human & experimental toxicology



Abstract

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease caused by a kind of Brucella bacteria, which commonly appears in humans and rarely causes mortality. In our study, five cases, who were diagnosed by evaluation of clinical findings and serological tests, they also had very high ferritin levels, were reported. Ages of the patients were 16, 12, 10, 16 and 8 years, respectively. Serum ferritin levels were 1200, 985, 886, 748 and 435 ng/ml, respectively. We observed that complaints of the patients reduced after the treatment and ferritin levels returned to its normal range. In the situations of extremely evaluated serum ferritin which is an acute-phase reactant, its levels are able to raise in brucellosis, without existing hemochromatosis and Still's disease.