RICHARD FOGEL, M.D.; SANFORD LEWIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The only absolute confirmation of the diagnosis of brucellosis is the isolation of Brucella organisms from the patient. Brucella organisms tend to localize in sites where there are large amounts of reticuloendothelial tissue.1 Hepatic involvement in brucellosis has been known since the original description of undulant fever as a disease entity by Marston in 1859.2 Needle biopsy has been used to obtain Brucella abortus after blood cultures were negative.2, 3 Such a report from our own hospital3 stimulated us to make an attempt at confirmation of a suspected case of brucellosis by percutaneous needle biopsy of the liver. The diagnosis
FOGEL R, LEWIS S. DIAGNOSIS OF BRUCELLA MELITENSIS INFECTION BY PERCUTANEOUS NEEDLE BIOPSY OF THE LIVER1. Ann Intern Med. ;53:204–206. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-1-204
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(1):204-206.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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