Published online Aug 28, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i32.5253
Revised: July 15, 2006
Accepted: July 22, 2006
Published online: August 28, 2006
We report a case of fulminant hepatic failure associated with Salmonella paratyphi A infection, in a 29-year-old patient who was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with fever of two days, headache and vomiting followed by behavioural changes and disorientation. On examination, the patient appeared acutely ill, agitated, confused, and deeply jaundiced. Temperature 38.5°C, pulse 92/min, blood pressure 130/89 mmHg. Both samples of blood grew S. paratyphi A, which was sensitive to ceftriaxone and ciprofloxacin. Ceftriaxon was administered with high-dose dexamethasone. Two weeks after treatment with ceftriaxon, the patient was discharged in satisfactory condition.