What are the long-term morbidities of leptospirosis?

Updated: Jul 08, 2021
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In general, survivors of leptospirosis experience little long-term morbidity, regardless of disease severity. Hepatic and renal functions return to normal, despite severe dysfunction during acute illness, even among patients who required dialysis.

Approximately a third of patients with documented aseptic meningitis may continue to complain of periodic headaches of varying severities. Patients who have had leptospiral uveitis may experience persistent visual acuity loss (caused by lens pigmentation following anterior uveitis) and blurry vision (associated with keratic precipitates in the anterior chamber).


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