How specific are the signs and 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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The signs and symptoms of brucellosis can be nonspecific and can mimic those of many other diseases; therefore, meticulous attention is needed in making the diagnosis and in treating patients. The primary diagnostic pitfall is failure to consider possible Brucella infection in a patient with history that suggests a possible source of infection (eg, a farmer, a traveler to an endemic region, or a veterinarian).


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