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Vibrio vulnificus septicemia in Korea: clinical and epidemiologic findings in seventy patients.
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PMID:  2061435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We studied the clinical characteristics and the epidemiology of primary septicemia associated with Vibrio vulnificus in 70 patients. All patients came from the western and southern coastal areas of Korea. Most cases (96%) occurred during the summer months, in men (96%), and in persons 40 or more years of age (90%). The illness of 46 patients (66%) began with septicemia, often within 2 days of the consumption of raw seafood. Forty-seven patients (67%) had preexisting hepatic disease, and 49 (70%) had a history of alcoholism. Of the 70 patients, 45 (79%) died. The cutaneous lesions that were present on admission in 64 patients (91%) appeared on the legs in 51 of the cases. V. vulnificus was isolated from the blood of 65 patients tested and from the skin lesions of 51 of 55 patients tested. The histopathologic findings differed according to the clinical stage of lesions. Because V. vulnificus septicemia is a highly fatal disease, persons with liver disease or alcoholism should avoid eating or handling raw seafood.
S D Park; H S Shon; N J Joh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-06     Completed Date:  1991-08-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-403     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iri City, Republic of Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Korea / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Sepsis / epidemiology*,  microbiology,  pathology
Skin Diseases, Infectious / epidemiology*,  microbiology,  pathology
Vibrio Infections / epidemiology*,  pathology
Comment In:
J Am Acad Dermatol. 1992 Jan;26(1):140   [PMID:  1580901 ]

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