Postgrad Med J 66:923-925 doi:10.1136/pgmj.66.781.923
  • Research Article

Typhoid hepatitis.

  1. S. N. Khosla
  1. Department of Medicine, Medical College and Hospital, (Haryana), India.


      Liver involvement in typhoid fever is uncommon. Typhoid hepatitis is now being recognized as a definite entity. Over a period of 4 years, we have observed 10 cases (4.8%) of typhoid hepatitis out of 210 cases of typhoid fever. Jaundice, anaemia, hepatomegaly and abnormal biochemical tests were present in all cases. Liver biopsy was done in 8 cases and was found to be abnormal in 5. Two of the 10 cases of typhoid hepatitis died. Recognition of typhoid hepatitis is important since it has to be differentiated from other common ailments in the tropics such as viral, malarial or amoebic hepatitis. Early institution of specific therapy in cases of typhoid hepatitis carries a good prognosis.

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