The clinical and laboratory characteristics of a severe form of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) in Greece are presented. Twenty-seven patients with serologically confirmed HFRS were studied; 10 required renal dialysis, six had hemorrhagic manifestations, and four died. In patients with hemorrhagic manifestations, the platelet counts were generally <100,000 cells/µL. In three patients findings were compatible with disseminated intravascular coagulation. Labomtory investigation showed a consistent rise in levels of serum urea nitrogen and creatinine beginning on the fifth or sixth day of illness and reaching a maximum level between the ninth and 12th days of illness. The disease in Greece more closely resembles the Asian form of HFRS (Korean hemorrhagic fever) than the Scandinavian form of the disease (nephropathia epidemical because of the high mortality rate, the occurrence of hemorrhagic manifestations, and the severity of the clinical disease.
|Reviews of infectious diseases
|Published - May 1989
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)