Dengue fever epidemic in Chennai--a study of clinical profile and outcome

Indian Pediatr. 2002 Nov;39(11):1027-33.


Children with dengue fever presenting to the Institute of Social Pediatrics, Government Stanley Hospital, during the months of October to December 2001, were prospectively followed up for clinical profile and outcome. Commonest clinical features were fever, vomiting, bleeding, body pain and hepatomegaly. Elevated liver enzymes and low platelet counts were common laboratory findings in dengue. Hepatomegaly, positive tourniquet test, elevated haematocrit and thrombocytopenia were more common in DHF and DSS group. Retro-orbital pain was slightly more in DHF and DSS groups and there was a tendency for DSS to present at an earlier age. There was no correlation between platelet counts and bleeding in classical dengue cases.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dengue / diagnosis
  • Dengue / epidemiology*
  • Dengue / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Severe Dengue / diagnosis
  • Severe Dengue / epidemiology
  • Severe Dengue / physiopathology