Which specialist consultations are necessary in the management 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 severe cases of leptospirosis, several specialty consultations may aid in proper patient management. An infectious disease specialist may assist in differentiating leptospirosis from diseases with similar presentations but that may have significantly different treatments and in treating co-infections such as malaria, dengue, or others, depending on exposure history. A nephrologist should be alerted early in the course because the need for dialysis may develop rapidly. If available, critical care specialists may be best prepared to manage patients with affected multiple systems.


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