What are the clinical syndromes of leptospirosis?

Updated: Jul 08, 2021
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Expert consensus is that leptospirosis occurs as two recognizable clinical syndromes: anicteric and icteric (the existence of a third syndrome of asymptomatic infection is more controversial). Anicteric leptospirosis is a self-limited, mild flulike illness. Icteric leptospirosis, also known as Weil disease, is a severe illness characterized by multiorgan involvement or even failure.


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