Brucellosis with erythema nodosum-like manifestations diagnosed by isolated positivity of the ELISA test for anti-Brucella IgM

Salyatore Nardiello, Francesco Maria Fusco, Adelaide Ilario, Ersilia Ambrosino, Immacolata Nuzzo, Luigi Rossiello, Concetta Bentivoglio, Raffaele Rossiello, Bruno Galanti

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Abstract

Brucellosis is endemic in the Mediterranean area. In spite of the false negative results, the standard agglutination test remains the routine test for the diagnosis of brucellosis in southern Italy. We present a case of a patient with undulant fever and erythema nodosum-like skin lesions, with negative serum agglutination test, but isolated positivity of the ELISA test for anti-Brucella IgM. A diagnosis of brucellosis for this patient was supported by the anamnestic and clinical data, and by the response to therapy. This case and a review of the literature urge us to consider the ELISA test indispensable for the serological diagnosis of brucellosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalInfezioni in Medicina
Volume13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Brucellosis
  • Diagnosis
  • ELISA
  • Erythema nodosum
  • IgM anti-Brucella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Nardiello, S., Fusco, F. M., Ilario, A., Ambrosino, E., Nuzzo, I., Rossiello, L., Bentivoglio, C., Rossiello, R., & Galanti, B. (2005). Brucellosis with erythema nodosum-like manifestations diagnosed by isolated positivity of the ELISA test for anti-Brucella IgM. Infezioni in Medicina, 13(4), 255-258.