Systemic Leptospirosis and multiple organ failure. Report of one case

Rudy Garrido L, Luis Castillo F, Glenn Hernández P, Juan Abarca S, José Miguel Montes S, Verónica Monsalve M, Ricardo Espinoza G, Sergio Valenzuela U, Gustavo Pérez B

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Leptospirosis is a world-spread zoonosis that is incidentally acquired by humans. It causes a diphasic febrile illness in which the Weil syndrome is its severest form, with renal, hepatic, clotting and central nervous system involvement. We report a 73 years old male, that was admitted to an intensive care unit with multiple organ failure due to leptospirosis. The clinical picture initially resembled a sepsis due to biliary tract obstruction and was operated, not finding a biliary tract obstruction. Considering the history of a fall to sewed waters, leptospirosis was suspected and treatment with penicillin was started, obtaining a full recovery of the patient.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1996


  • Diagnosis, differential
  • Leptospirosis
  • Penicillin G
  • Prognosis


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