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Doctor insights on: Leptospirosis In The Liver

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What are the tests for leptospirosis?

What are the tests for leptospirosis?

See below: Clinical features and lab testing are not specific, a high index of suspicion must be maintained for the diagnosis. Cultures can be done growing the bacteria. Serologic test: labs and include the microscopic agglutination test (mat), macroscopic agglutination test, indirect hemagglutination, and elisa. Mat is considered the gold standard. Molecular techniques (pcr) are being developed. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of leptospirosis?

Flu-like symptoms: The disease starts with a fever, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. After recovering from those symptoms, you can then go on to develop meningitis, kidney failure, and liver damage with jaundice. ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating leptospirosis?

A few choices: If the patient isn't so sick, then oral Doxycycline is a good choice. In sicker patients, penicillin g IV therapy is preferred. More recent trials have shown that third-generation cephalosporins are as effective as Doxycycline and penicillin in treating this disease. The crucial step is to actually be thinking about this diagnosis in the right situation. ...Read more

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How is leptospirosis transmitted and how is it treated?

Surroundings: Humans most often become infected after exposure to environmental sources, such as animal urine, contaminated water or soil, or infected animal tissue. Portals of entry include cuts or abraded skin, mucous membranes or conjunctiva. The vast majority of infections with leptospira are self-limiting. Although penicillins, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, and Erythromycin have antileptospiral activity. ...Read more

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Can leptospirosis be contracted from drinking?

Yes: If you drink water containing the urine of an infected animal, you can get the disease. ...Read more

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Do people with leptospirosis have a lot of pain?

They certainly can!: Leptospirosis can cause significant flu-like body pains. That seems to get better after 1-2 weeks then more serious problems set in including severe organ damage. Leptospirosis must be diagnosed and treated promptly and appropriately to avoid serious problems! ...Read more

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Can you get leptospirosis from a pet bunny rabbit?

Can you get leptospirosis from a pet bunny rabbit?

Highly unlikely-: Other infections such as franciscella tularensis (tularemia) potentially, yes- but not leptospirosis from petting a bunny. However, if you are the one responsible for cleaning up rodent feces and urine, you could get it if the bunny is infected and one were to inhale dtried particles of its feces or urine. ...Read more

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Can I get leptospirosis from being near someone who is infected?

Can I get leptospirosis from being near someone who is infected?

No: Mostly infected by contact with cuts, scrapes, or nose or mouth contact with infected animal urine or water or soil contaminated with infected animal urine. There are cases of person to person spread with sexual contact and breast feeding, but not just from being near someone. ...Read more

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We have a new bunny in the house , can we get leptospirosis from it?

Possibly: Vaccination of domestic animals against leptospirosis provides significant protection, but is not effective in all animals. Some immunized animals become infected and excrete the bacteria in their urine. Most cases occur in the tropics. Maybe your veterinarian can tell you more. ...Read more

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What is the biology of leptospirosis infections?

See below: Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria (spirochete) called leptospirosis interrogans. It is mainly a tropical disease but does occur in temperate climates too. It can have a variable course from presentation as a subclinical illness followed by antibody response and a self-limiting infection, or a severe, potentially fatal illness with multiorgan failure. See www.Cdc.Gov/leptospirosis/ for more. ...Read more

Dr. Leonard Mermel
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Leptospirosis (Definition)

Leptospirosis is a severe infection that is caused by a specific bacteria. It usually occurs in warmer climates, and the bacteria may be found in fresh water that is ...Read more