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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(10), 2526-2533; doi:10.3390/ijerph6102526
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Epidemiological Study of Rickettsial Infections in Patients with Hypertransaminemia in Madrid (Spain)

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Received: 19 August 2009; Accepted: 23 September 2009 / Published: 28 September 2009
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Abstract: A retrospective analysis was performed to detect anti-rickettsial antibodies in the serum of patients with hypertransaminemia of unknown etiology, and in that of healthy members of the general population of Madrid (Spain). Among 143 patients 16 (11.2%) were positive for anti-R. conorii IgG antibodies and 7% for R. typhi. PCR analysis was performed in patients with IgM antibodies. Among 143 healthy subjects from the general population, seven (4.9%) were positive for anti-R. conorii IgG antibodies, and 2.8% for R. typhi. These results show that anti-rickettsial antibodies are more commonly detected in patients with hypertransaminemia than in healthy people.
Keywords: Rickettsiae; hypertransaminemia; liver dysfunction; prevalence; Spain Rickettsiae; hypertransaminemia; liver dysfunction; prevalence; Spain
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Lledó, L.; González, R.; Gegúndez, M.I.; Beltrán, M.; Saz, J.V. Epidemiological Study of Rickettsial Infections in Patients with Hypertransaminemia in Madrid (Spain). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2526-2533.

AMA Style

Lledó L, González R, Gegúndez MI, Beltrán M, Saz JV. Epidemiological Study of Rickettsial Infections in Patients with Hypertransaminemia in Madrid (Spain). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(10):2526-2533.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Lledó, Lourdes; González, Rosario; Gegúndez, María I.; Beltrán, María; Saz, José V. 2009. "Epidemiological Study of Rickettsial Infections in Patients with Hypertransaminemia in Madrid (Spain)." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 10: 2526-2533.



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