Melioidosis and end-stage renal disease in tropical northern Australia

Rachel M.S. Chalmers, Sandawana W. Majoni, Linda Ward, Greg J. Perry, Zulfikar Jabbar, Bart J. Currie

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Abstract

Melioidosis, an infection caused by the Gram-negative bacillus Burkholderia pseudomallei, is endemic in Southeast Asia and northern Australia.1 Presentations include disseminated sepsis with multiorgan abscesses, pneumonia, genitourinary infection, skin and soft tissue infection, osteomyelitis/septic arthritis, and neurological melioidosis. It can be acute or chronic and localized or systemic. Pneumonia is the most common presentation.2 It is the commonest cause of severe community-acquired pneumonia in the tropical Top End of northern Australia during the monsoonal wet season.3 Therapy requires at least 2 weeks of intravenous antibiotics followed by at least 3 months of oral therapy to eradicate infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-870
Number of pages4
JournalKidney International
Volume86
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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