What are symptoms of brucellosis?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, FAAP, MA(Cantab); Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Symptoms of brucellosis are protean in nature, and none is specific enough to support the diagnosis. [14, 15]

Table 2. Symptoms and Signs of Brucellosis (Open Table in a new window)

Study

No. of Patients

Fever or Chills

Arthralgia or Arthritis

Sweating

Constitutional symptoms*

Hepatomegaly

Splenomegaly

Memish et al (2000) [16]

160

146 (91.3%)

105 (65.6%)

30 (18.8%)

70 (43.8%)

9 (5.6%)

11 (6.9%)

Kokoglu et al (2006) [17]

138

108 (78.3%)

107 (77.5%)

100 (72.5%)

98 (71%)

37 (26.8%)

50 (36.2%)

Mantur et al (2006) [18]

495

417 (84.2%)

117 (23.6%)

19 (3.8%)

6 (1.2%)

56 (11.3%)

95 (19.2%)

Ruiz-Mesa et al (2005) [19]

711

702 (98.7%)

353 (49.6%)

597 (84%)

533 (75%)

250 (35.2%)

148 (20.8%)

Barroso Garcia et al (2002) [20]

565

441 (78.1%)

248 (43.9%)

483 (85.5%)

472 (83.5%)

422 (74.7%)

152 (26.9%)

Hasanjani Roushan et al (2004) [21]

469

314 (67%)

252 (53.7%)

357 (76.1%)

...

...

27 (5.8%)

Pappas et al (2005) [22]

100

91 (91%)

44 (44%)

..

26 (26%)

7 (7%)

16 (16%)

Troy et al (2005) [23]

28

25 (89%)

15 (54%)

..

13 (46%)

8 (29%)

5 (18%)

Andriopoulos et al (2007) [24]

144

144 (100%)

125 (86.8%)

138 (95.8%)

140 (97.2%)

...

74 (51.4%)

Giannakopoulos et al (2006) [25]

52

42 (81%)

43 (83%)

8 (15%)

7 (13%)

...

...

Mantur et al (2004) [26]

93

49 (53%)

19 (20%)

...

...

...

...

Tsolia et al (2002) [27]

39

27 (69%)

27 (69%)

8 (21%)

13 (33%)

11 (28%)

15 (38%)

* Anorexia, asthenia, fatigue, weakness, malaise.


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