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Post streptococcal acute glomerulonephritis secondary to sporadic Streptococcus equi infection

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Campbell, Dr Nadeem Moghal, Sylvia Hudson


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Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus infection is rare in humans, but a well-known cause of pyogenic disease in cows and horses. S. zooepidemicus uncommonly causes post-strep glomerulonephritis (PSGN) in humans via epidemic outbreaks. We present a sporadic case of post S. zooepidemicus glomerulonephritis in a child most probably contracted from a horse. The 14-year-old girl presented with the typical signs of PSGN, with S. equi zooepidemicus isolated from a blood culture, together with a low C3 and raised anti-DNAse B. This is the first known report of a sporadic case of PSGN in a child caused by this organism.

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Author(s): Thorley AM, Campbell D, Moghal NE, Hudson S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pediatric Nephrology

Year: 2007

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 597-599

ISSN (print): 0931-041X

ISSN (electronic): 1432-198X

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00467-006-0364-3


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