W. D. SUTLIFF, M.D.; ROBERTA SHEPARD, M.D.; WOLCOTT B. DUNHAM, M.D.
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A case is reported below of acute arthritis and myocarditis associated with specific serologic reactions of leptospirosis due to Leptospira pomona, which resembled rheumatic fever sufficiently closely to require specific diagnostic methods for differentiation. The case presented symptomatology not heretofore described in leptospirosis, and increased the number of clinical pictures that suggest the possibility of leptospiral etiology.
The leptospiroses are a group of illnesses caused by spirochetes of a number of immunologically distinct strains. Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, the cause of Weil's disease, and Leptospira canicola, the cause of canicola fever, were comparatively well known in the United States before 1951. Evidence
SUTLIFF WD, SHEPARD R, DUNHAM WB. ACUTE LEPTOSPIRA POMONA ARTHRITIS AND MYOCARDITIS*. Ann Intern Med. 1953;39:134–140. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-39-1-134
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(1):134-140.
Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology.
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