Fatality by melioidosis

Tan Ran Zhi, Siti Wira Mohd Yaro, Faridah Mohd. Nor, Mohamed Swarhib Shafie, Siti Noorain Abu Bakar, Mohd Radzi Wazir

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Introduction: Melioidosis is endemic in Southeast-Asia, including Malaysia. The infection is commonly acquired via contact with infected soil, inhalation, aspiration, ingestion and percutaneous inoculation. Objective: To highlight a case of septicaemic melioidosis, and discuss the literature. Method: We report a case of septicaemic melioidosis, where the deceased was brought in dead to the mortuary. Result: Post-mortem examination showed congested and oedematous lungs with multiple micro-abscesses mimicking military tuberculosis. Burkholderia pseudomallei was detected from the blood culture, spleen and lungs tissues. Conclusion: This case highlights the necessity to include melioidosis as a differential diagnosis in investigating respiratory infection presented as sudden death, especially in the region, where melioidosis is endemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-426
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume24
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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Melioidosis
Burkholderia pseudomallei
Lung
Southeastern Asia
Malaysia
Sudden Death
Respiratory Tract Infections
Abscess
Inhalation
Autopsy
Tuberculosis
Differential Diagnosis
Soil
Spleen
Eating
Infection

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Forensic
  • Melioidosis
  • Respiratory infection

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  • Medicine(all)

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Zhi, T. R., Yaro, S. W. M., Mohd. Nor, F., Shafie, M. S., Bakar, S. N. A., & Wazir, M. R. (2017). Fatality by melioidosis. International Medical Journal, 24(5), 425-426.

Fatality by melioidosis. / Zhi, Tan Ran; Yaro, Siti Wira Mohd; Mohd. Nor, Faridah; Shafie, Mohamed Swarhib; Bakar, Siti Noorain Abu; Wazir, Mohd Radzi.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 5, 01.10.2017, p. 425-426.

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Zhi, TR, Yaro, SWM, Mohd. Nor, F, Shafie, MS, Bakar, SNA & Wazir, MR 2017, 'Fatality by melioidosis', International Medical Journal, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 425-426.
Zhi TR, Yaro SWM, Mohd. Nor F, Shafie MS, Bakar SNA, Wazir MR. Fatality by melioidosis. International Medical Journal. 2017 Oct 1;24(5):425-426.
Zhi, Tan Ran ; Yaro, Siti Wira Mohd ; Mohd. Nor, Faridah ; Shafie, Mohamed Swarhib ; Bakar, Siti Noorain Abu ; Wazir, Mohd Radzi. / Fatality by melioidosis. In: International Medical Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 24, No. 5. pp. 425-426.
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