Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-27

A review of gastrointestinal manifestations of Brucellosis

Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Shahid Aziz
Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, P 0 Box 7809, Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.33333

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Brucellosis is hyperendemic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) with more than 8,000 cases reported each year to the public health authorities. The disease can affect almost any organ system in the body including the gastrointestinal system. In some instances, gastrointestinal manifestations may be the only presenting features of the disease. These range from milder complaints like diarrhea, vomiting to more serious complications like involvement of the liver, the spleen and the gallbladder to rarely life­threatening complications like colitis, pancreatitis, peritonitis and intestinal obstruction. Recognition of this type of presentation of brucellosis is important because early diagnosis and treatment usually result in complete recovery without complications

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