Campylobacter enteritis in 188 hospitalized patients

Arch Intern Med. 1983 Feb;143(2):215-9. doi: 10.1001/archinte.1983.00350020033007.

Abstract

The clinical picture and epidemiologic characteristics of infection due to Campylobacter fetus subspecies jejuni were studied in 188 patients hospitalized in Finland during a three-year period. All but two patients had diarrhea; 90% had abdominal pain, fever, and fatigue; half had vomiting and headache; one third experienced electrolyte disturbances; and one fifth of the patients had other complications, most commonly pancreatitis (6%) and arthritis (5%). All age groups were affected, most usually those who were 0 to 9 years old and 20 to 29 years old. The incidence of domestic cases increased during the summer months. With only three exceptions (1.3%), all jejuni strains were sensitive to erythromycin. Among Finns who visited ten popular tourist countries, the incidence of hospitalized C jejuni enteritis cases varied from 0 to 63 per 100,000 travelers.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Campylobacter Infections / complications
  • Campylobacter Infections / diagnosis
  • Campylobacter Infections / drug therapy
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter fetus
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Enteritis / complications
  • Enteritis / diagnosis
  • Enteritis / drug therapy
  • Enteritis / epidemiology*
  • Erythromycin / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Travel

Substances

  • Erythromycin