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Junctional rhythm: A rare sign in leptospirosis

Sarvinder Singh, Vani Singh, Rachana Warrier, Ajai Tentu, Chinmaya Dash

Keywords : Atrioventricular block, junctional rhythm, leptospirosis, Weil\'s disease

Citation Information : Singh S, Singh V, Warrier R, Tentu A, Dash C. Junctional rhythm: A rare sign in leptospirosis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (12):889-891.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_437_18

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Leptospirosis is an important re-emerging infectious disease. Leptospirosis has been estimated to affect tens of millions of humans annually with a case fatality rate ranging from 5% to 25%; however, it is underreported due to the lack of clinical suspicion and barriers to diagnostic capacity. A 33-year-old healthy male presented with a history of fever of 2-day duration. His examination revealed icterus. His workup did not show any significant findings except for a mild transaminitis and a rise in serum creatinine by 0.5 mg/dl. Later, the patient developed bradycardia. An ELISA test for Leptospira antibodies was positive. The patient recovered after a course of intravenous antibiotics. Leptospirosis should be considered early in the diagnosis of any patient who presents with acute, nonspecific febrile illness with multiorgan involvement. Our case had an atypical presentation with involvement of the cardiovascular system in the form of junctional rhythm.

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