An Unusual Presentation of Leptospirosis: A Case Report


Leptospirosis is a life-threatening zoonotic disease of global distribution. It has variable presentation ranging from mild febrile illness to life-threatening complications like acute renal failure, acute hepatic failure, pulmonary hemorrhages and cardiac arrhythmias. Cardiac manifestations of leptospirosis are not uncommon but are underdiagnosed. Cardiac manifestations may vary from minor rhythm abnormalities to fatal ventricular arrhythmias. We report an unusual presentation of leptospirosis in a patient who presented to the Emergency Department with epigastric pain and congestive cardiac failure with rhythm disturbances and selective myocardial involvement mimicking as Non ST elevation Inferior wall myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). The Cardiac manifestations of Leptospirosis need meticulous intensive care management as the mortality rate is very high in this subset of patients. Index suspicion and early treatment remains the mainstay of this life threatening zoonotic disease.

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Jawanjal, M. , Patil, S. , Pendse, M. , Bhate, A. and Hooda, S. (2014) An Unusual Presentation of Leptospirosis: A Case Report. Open Journal of Clinical Diagnostics, 4, 112-116. doi: 10.4236/ojcd.2014.42018.

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