Trench fever

What is Trench fever?

A rare bacterial infectious disease caused by the louse-borne bacterium <i>Bartonella quintana</i> and characterized by a variable clinical picture with acute or insidious onset of a (potentially relapsing) febrile illness, headache, leg pain (most typically the shinbone), endocarditis, and thrombocytopenia. There may also be only non-specific symptoms that mimic other infections. The disease nowadays most commonly affects socially disadvantaged persons in urban areas.

Other condition names

  • Bartonellosis due to Bartonella quintana infection

Age of Onset

  • All ages
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