A Rare Case of ARDS From Human Anaplasmosis

Kaphle U, Kheir F, Thammasitboon S. Respiratory Care,

online before print, 2015 Feb 10.


Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a tick-borne bacterial  disease caused by /Anaplasma phagocytophilum/. ARDS [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome] is a  very rare presentation of human anaplasmosis. Early  suspicion and empiric antibiotics usually prevent rapid  progression of the disease. In our case, despite early  initiation of empiric antibiotics, the clinical course of  our patient continued to deteriorate but responded  dramatically upon addition of steroids. Clinicians should be  vigilant about the presentation, diagnostic workup, and  treatment of human granulocytic anaplasmosis.

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