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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 249-253

Role of absolute eosinopenia as marker of enteric fever: Experience from a Tertiary Care Hospital in the United Arab Emirates


1 Department of Medicine, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Karamah Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 Quality Division, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Karamah Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Aliasgar Lokhandwala
Department of Medicine, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Karamah Street, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210782

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Background: Involvement of bone marrow is common in salmonella infections. Enteric fever is a cause of morbidity and mortality world wide. Materials and Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of 51 blood cultures or widal positive salmonella patients who were admitted to a tertiary care hospital. Medical records and laboratory information system were used to collect the data. Results: The result established that significant eosinopenia was present in all enteric fever patients and eosinophil count of zero was almost diagnostic of enteric fever in the right clinical setting. Conclusion: Absolute eosinopenia is an important finding that should help timely diagnosis and early treatment initiation of enteric fever.


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