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November 3, 1999

Recognition and Treatment of Anthrax—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(17):1624-1625. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-17-jbk1103

In Reply: Dr Nalin highlights important diagnosis and treatment issues for patients with gastrointestinal anthrax. Nalin and colleagues1 described the clinical presentation, treatment and hospital course of a 17-year-old Bangalee student who presented with what appeared to be an acute abdomen. During laparotomy, he was found to have intact viscera with mesenteric lymphadenopathy and semipurulent ascitic fluid. Microbiologic studies subsequently revealed Bacillus anthracis as the etiologic agent.

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