BMJ Case Reports 2010; doi:10.1136/bcr.09.2009.2313
  • Novel diagnostic procedure

Leptospirosis diagnosed by molecular DNA detection on skin biopsy

  1. Barbara Doudier1,
  2. Delphine Laban2,
  3. Cecile Cazorla2,
  4. Pierre-Edouard Fournier3,
  5. Philippe Parola1,
  6. Philippe Brouqui3
  1. 1
    Hopital Nord, Service De Maladies Infectieuses, Chemin Bourrely, Marseille, 13015, France
  2. 2
    Hopital Nord, Maladies Infectieuses, Chemin Des Bourrely, Marseille, 13915, France
  3. 3
    Unitésdes Rickettsies, UMR6020, Faculté de Médecine, Boulevard Jean Moulin, Marseille, 13005, France
  1. Correspondence to Philippe Parola, philippe.parola{at}
  • Published 31 January 2010


Leptospirosis is one of the most common anthropozoonoses in the world. Humans are accidental hosts who get infected through damaged skin or conjunctiva from environmental sources such as soil and water contaminated by urine or tissues from infected animals. We report the case of a young man for whom the diagnosis was obtained by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection from a skin biopsy.


  • Competing interests: None.

  • Patient consent: Patient/guardian consent was obtained for publication.

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