Clinical Case Database / Category: Case Based Discussion

An interesting case of brucellosis

Publication details

Sumeet Tuteja MBBS, DAF Lynch MBBS MRC
Foundation Years Journal, volume 2, issue 3, p.150 (123Doc Education, London, March 2008)


A 32-year-old man, referred to our hospital (Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn) with the complaints of fever with dry cough. His problems began 3 months back after he returned from pilgrimage from Saudi Arabia. He had low grade fever with evening rise of temperature and night sweats, loss of appetite and some weight loss. There was no history of contact with tuberculosis and no other family member was affected.

Access the Clinical Cases Database

A subscription is required to read the full article. Please subscribe using one of the options below.

Foundation Years Clinical Cases Database£29.006 months
Add to cart
Foundation Years Clinical Cases Database£39.0012 months
Add to cart


Sumeet Tuteja MBBS

Foundation Years 2
Department of Medicine
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road


Consultant gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road


1. Young EJ, Brucella species. In Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 5th edition. Edited by: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 2000:2386–2393.
2. Pappas G, P apadimitriou P, Akritidis N, The new global map of human brucellosis. Lancet Infect Dis 2006, 6(2):91–99.
3. Yagupsky P, Detection of brucellae in blood cultures.J Clin Microbiol 1999, 37(11):3437–3442.
4. Young EJ, Tarry A, Genta RM, Ayden N, Gatuzzo E,Thrombocytopenic purpura associated with brucellosis: Report of 2 cases and literature review. Clin Infect Dis 2000, 31(4):904–909.
5. Pourbagher MA, Pourbagher A, Savas L, Turunc T, Demiroglu YZ, Erol I, Yalcintas D, Clinical pattern and abdominal sonographic findings in 251 cases of brucellosis in southern Turkey. Am J Roentgenol 2006, 187(2):W191–W194.
6. Memish Z, Mah MW, Al Mahmoud S, Al Shaalan M, Kan MY. Brucella bacteremia: Clinical and laboratory observations in 160 patients. J Infect 2000, 40(1):59–63.


Conflict Of Interest

The Journal requires that authors disclose any potential conflict of interest that they may have. This is clearly stated in the Journal’s published “Guidelines for Authors”. The Journal follows the Guidelines against Conflict of Interest published in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (

Financial Statement

The authors of this article have not been paid. The Journal is financed by subscriptions and advertising. The Journal does not receive money from any other sources. The decision to accept or refuse this article for publication was free from financial considerations and was solely the responsibility of the Editorial Panel and Editor-in-Chief.

Patient Consent statement

All pictures and investigations shown in this article are shown with the patients’ consent. We require Authors to maintain patients’ anonymity and to obtain consent to report investigations and pictures involving human subjects when anonymity may be compromised. The Journal follows the Guidelines of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts ( The Journal requires in its Guidelines for Authors a statement from Authors that “the subject gave informed consent”.

Animal & Human Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, the Journal requires authors to indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the HelsinkiDeclaration of 1975, as revised in 2008.

About the Clinical Cases Database

T​he Foundation Years Clinical Cases Database is​ a selection of 600 peer-reviewed clinical cases in the field of patient safety and clinical practice, specifically focused on the clinical information needs of junior doctors, based around the Foundation Year Curriculum programme (MMC). The cases have been chosen to align with the Foundation Year Curriculum.

The database is fully searchable, or can be browsed by medical specialty. Abstracts can be read free of charge, however a subscription is required in order to read the complete cases.