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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Multiple abscesses in brucellosis with Wright’s test negativity


We report a case of metastatic abscesses caused by a chronic form of brucellosis in a shepherd. When she was admitted the patient was cachectic with haematological signs of phlogosis. An abdominal computed tomography scan revealed the presence of multiple hepatic and renal abscesses with a fluid mass in the abdominal wall. The blood cultures, tuberculin skin test, and Wright reaction all gave negative results, but the brucellosis Coombs test for Brucella species was highly positive. Diagnosis was confirmed by a high titre of anti-Brucella IgM antibodies. The patient started antibiotic treatment with a progressive clinical improvement, but after discharge she was lost to follow-up and died 7 months later.

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