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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 31-35

Infections in a rheumatology setting-Chennai experience


1 Professor and HOD (Rtd), Department of Rheumatology, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Rheumatology, Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

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Porkodi Ramanathan
Professor and HOD (Rtd), Department of Rheumatology, Madras Medical College, Chennai
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Introduction: Infection can present either as articular problems or as complicate on undergoing rheumatological disease. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 1900 inpatients admitted over a 2-year period was done. Infections in these patients were analyzed. Results: Around 0.21% of the patients had septic arthritis, 0.68% had tuberculosis, 0.95% had reactive arthritis, and 0.57% had post-viral arthritis. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections were common in patients on immunosuppres- sives, on high disease activity, with diabetes, and with poor renal function. Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae were the common infection.


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