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Scrub Typhus Is an Under-recognized Cause of AcuteFebrile Illness with Acute Kidney Injury in India Vivek Kumar1, Vinod Kumar1, Ashok K. Yadav1, Sreenivasa Iyengar1, Ashish Bhalla2, Navneet Sharma2, Ritesh Aggarwal3, Sanjay Jain2, Vivekanand Jha1,4* 1 Departments of Nephrology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 2 Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 3 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 4 George Institute for Global Health, New Delhi, India Background: Infection-related acute kidney injury (AKI) is an important preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in thetropical region. The prevalence and outcome of kidney involvement, especially AKI, in scrub typhus is not known. Weinvestigated all patients with undiagnosed fever and multisystem involvement for scrub typhus and present the pattern ofrenal involvement seen.
Methods: From September 2011 to November 2012, blood samples of all the patients with unexplained acute febrile illnessand/or varying organ involvement were evaluated for evidence of scrub typhus. A confirmed case of scrub typhus wasdefined as one with detectable Orientia tsutsugamushi deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in patient's blood sample by nestedpolymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the gene encoding 56-kDa antigen and without any alternative etiologicaldiagnosis. Renal involvement was defined by demonstration of abnormal urinalysis and/or reduced glomerular filtrationrate. AKI was defined as per Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) definition.
Results: Out of 201 patients tested during this period, 49 were positive by nested PCR for scrub typhus. Mean age of studypopulation was 34.1614.4 (range 11–65) years. Majority were males and a seasonal trend was evident with most casesfollowing the rainy season. Overall, renal abnormalities were seen in 82% patients, 53% of patients had AKI (stage 1, 2 and 3in 10%, 8% and 35%, respectively). The urinalysis was abnormal in 61%, with dipstick positive albuminuria (55%) andmicroscopic hematuria (16%) being most common. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and shock were seen in 57%and 16% of patients, respectively. Hyperbilirubinemia was associated with AKI (p = 0.013). A total of 8 patients (includingthree with dialysis dependent AKI) expired whereas rest all made uneventful recovery. Jaundice, oliguria, ARDS and AKI wereassociated with mortality. However, after multivariate analysis, only oliguric AKI remained a significant predictor of mortality(p = 0.002).
Conclusions: Scrub typhus was diagnosed in 24% of patients presenting with unexplained febrile illness according to astrict case definition not previously used in this region. Renal abnormalities were seen in almost 82% of all patients withevidence of AKI in 53%. Our finding is contrary to current perception that scrub typhus rarely causes renal dysfunction. Wesuggest that all patients with unexplained febrile illness be investigated for scrub typhus and AKI looked for in scrub typhuspatients.
Citation: Kumar V, Kumar V, Yadav AK, Iyengar S, Bhalla A, et al. (2014) Scrub Typhus Is an Under-recognized Cause of Acute Febrile Illness with Acute KidneyInjury in India. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(1): e2605. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002605 Editor: Nicholas P. Day, Mahidol University, Thailand Received July 24, 2013; Accepted November 10, 2013; Published January 30, 2014 Copyright: ß 2014 Kumar et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permitsunrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: VJ has funding from the Department of Biotechnology and the Indian Council of Medical Research. The funders had no role in study design, datacollection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
* E-mail: vjha@pginephro.org Pacific region with a case fatality rate of up to 30% in untreatedcases and stresses the need for its surveillance [1]. Scrub typhus has Infections are responsible for a substantial portion of commu- been reported from various parts of India [3–8], and has recently nity acquired acute kidney injury (AKI) in India. The commonly been identified as one of the important neglected zoonoses of implicated conditions include malaria, leptospirosis, dengue, public health importance [9].
enteric fever, viral and bacterial infections. Despite being endemic Scrub typhus is considered as an uncommon cause of AKI in Asia with an estimated one million cases occurring annually, even in endemic areas. Renal involvement is thought to be a scrub typhus, caused by the rickettsia Orientia tsutsugamushi, is highly consequence of multi-organ dysfunction syndrome secondary to underdiagnosed and under-reported cause of hospitalization [1,2].
sepsis [10,11]. In part, this has been due to inability to make an World Health Organization (WHO) identifies scrub typhus as a accurate diagnosis due to non-availability of investigations. Recent re-emerging disease in South-East Asia and the South-Western studies have suggested a higher prevalence of kidney involvement PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury background, previous co-morbidities and treatment was taken and complete physical examination was done in all patients to A large number of patients present to Indian hospitals with specifically look for presence of eschar, rash and lymphadenop- acute febrile illness and multisystem involvement. Acute athy. All routine hematological and biochemistry profiles were kidney injury is an important component. Clinical mani- noted at admission and follow up. Urine was tested using dipstick festations do not allow distinction between infectious for albumin and sugar, and microscopic examination of freshly etiologies with overlapping presentations. Many of the voided urine specimen was performed in all patients. Hourly urine cases remain undiagnosed and therefore are not treated, output and daily serum creatinine monitoring were done during resulting in high mortality. Despite having all the elements hospital stay. Complications were noted for all patients.
of endemicity, scrub tuphus, caused by the rickettsia andtransmitted to humans by the bites of trombiculid mite, is not regognized in Indian hospitals due to non-availability A confirmed case of scrub typhus was defined as the one with of locally validated diagnostic tests. Previous reports have positive nested PCR for O. tsutsugamushi with no other evidence of been limited to serologyic testing, with high false positives any other infection. As single point qualitative immunoglobulin due to past exposure rather than acute infection.
M (IgM) enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has Moreover, kidney involvement in this condition is not well been extensively used to define cases of scrub typhus in published known. We looked for scrub typhus DNA in 201 patientswith an acute febrile illness. About 25% tested positive; literature especially from our region where the disease appears to kidney involvement was seen in over 80%, and acute be highly endemic, scrub typhus IgM antibody was also looked for kidney injury in 53%. Acute kidney injury was a predictor of in patients' sera by ELISA in all cases by commercially available mortality. All these are new findings of public health qualitative ELISA kit (InBios International, Inc., USA) according importance and suggest the need to include testing for to the manufacturer's instructions. The test was considered to this condition in the diagnostic armanetarium and be positive if the antibody was present at dilution of $1:100 as development of local serological cutoffs.
defined by the manufacturer.
Shock was defined as systolic blood pressure ,90 mm Hg or requirement of inotropes; acute respiratory distress syndrome in this condition. These studies, however, have used either clinical (ARDS) defined as PaO2/FiO2#300 mm Hg [17]; severe anemia features alone or in combination with serology with single sample as hemoglobin ,9 g/dL; leukocytosis as total leukocyte count .
arbitrary antibody titre cut offs [12] to make a diagnosis. Relia- 11000 cells/mL; leukopenia as total leukocyte count ,4000 bility on serology alone is problematic in endemic areas, and use of cells/mL; thrombocytopenia as platelet count ,100000 cells/mL; nucleic acid based testing (NAT) is recommended [13–15].
hypoalbuminemia as serum albumin ,3.5 g/dL; hyperbilirubin- We prospectively studied the pattern of kidney involvement emia as serum total bilirubin .1.2 mg/dL; elevated serum gluta- and its impact on the outcome in scrub typhus patients who were mate oxaloacetate aminotransferase (SGOT) as .40 U/L; diagnosed by using a strict NAT based case definition.
elevated serum glutamate pyruvate aminotransferase (SGPT)as .40 U/L and elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (SAP) as Materials and Methods AKI was defined and staged according to Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) definition [18].
The study was approved by the Institute Ethics Committee of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
Polymerase chain reaction for 56-kDa antigen of of Written informed consent was obtained from all adult patients and from the parents or legal guardians of minor subjects. The study Genomic DNA was isolated from buffy coat of 5 ml blood was conducted in accordance to the principles of the Declaration collected in ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) vial using of Helsinki.
QIA amp DNA mini kit according to manufacturer's instructions(Qiagen. Hilden, Germany). Nucleotide specific sequence ampli- Study setting and subjects fication was done for the presence of 56-kDa antigen of of This study was done at the Nehru Hospital of Postgraduate O. tsutsugamushi. A set of nested PCR primers were used for two Institute of Medical Education and Research, the largest tertiary rounds of amplification (outer primers, forward: TCAAGCT- care referral hospital in North India located near the foothills of TATTGCTAGTGCAATGTCTGC, reverse: AGGGATCCCT- The Great Himalayas. From September 2011 to November 2012, GCTGCTGTGCTTGCTGCG; inner primers, forward: GAT- all patients referred to our hospital with unexplained fever and/or CAAGCTTCCTCAGCCTACTATAATGCC, reverse: CTAG- varying degrees of multisystem involvement were tested for O.
GGATCCCGACAGATGCACTATTAGGC) using conditions tsutsugamushi deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in blood by nested described earlier [16,19]. Visualization of specific 483 bp ampli- polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting gene encoding for the fication product was considered to be diagnostic (Figure 1).
56-kDa antigen of Gilliam strain of O. tsutsugamushi [16].
A previously confirmed scrub typhus patient sample (fever with All patients also underwent at least three blood cultures for eschar, $4 fold rise in IgM antibody titres by enzyme linked bacterial growth, three peripheral blood film examinations for immunosorbent assay and positive nested PCR for gene encoding malarial parasite and malarial antigen detection in blood by 56-kDa antigen of O. tsutsugamushi confirmed by sequencing) immunochromatographic rapid card test (QDx Malaria PAN/Pf was taken as positive control. For each run, one positive human and Pv/Pf, Piramal Healthcare, India). In addition, dengue virus control, one healthy negative human control and one negative NS1 antigen, dengue virus IgM antibody and leptospiral IgM control (without any DNA) were run simultaneously to confirm the antibody were tested in blood samples of all patients.
accuracy. Sequencing of PCR product was done in 3 randomly Demographic details and clinical course were recorded for selected patients. Sequence alignment was done with nucleotide all patients. A detailed history which included recording of signs blast on pubmed and analyzed using Molecular Evolutionary and symptoms, occupational details, geographic and social Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software for phylogenetic tree analysis.
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Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury diagnosed during summer months from March to June. Majorityof the cases occurred after rainy season in July–August andcontinued through winter.
Table 3 lists the clinical manifestations recorded in this study population. In addition to fever, the main symptoms wereshortness of breath, jaundice, pain abdomen, vomiting, decreasedurine output, headache and altered mentation. Tachycardia,hepatomegaly, tachypnea and splenomegaly were noted in 73%,69%, 67% and 41% of the patients, respectively. Eschar was notedin 9 cases; the location being chest (3) and nape of neck, arm,index finger of hand, hypogastric region, gluteal region and Figure 1. The ethidium bromide-stained agarose gel shows popliteal fossa. Amongst these confirmed cases, IgM ELISA for the 483 bp polymerase chain reaction products. L: 500 bp scrub typhus was positive in 80%.
ladder, 1–4: patients' samples; 5: positive control; 6: negative control.
Renal abnormalities were noted in 82% of the scrub typhus patients (Table 4). Abnormal urinalysis was present in 61%, themajor abnormalities being dipstick positive albuminuria (55%) The results showed .98% homology with O. tsutsugamushi family and microscopic hematuria (16%). AKI, as defined according to strains (Figure 2, test sequence highlighted). This nested PCR was KDIGO definition, was seen in 53% of patients. A total of 5 (10%) also performed on eschar tissue scraped from 2 patients who had patients were in stage 1, 4 (8%) in stage 2 and 17 (35%) in stage 3.
positive blood samples.
Jaundice, oliguria and mortality were significantly more in patientswith AKI (Table 3). About half of all patients with AKI were oliguric. There were no significant differences between the oliguric The patients were treated with either doxycycline (100 mg twice and non-oliguric scrub typhus patients with AKI except for mor- daily for 7 days) or azithromycin (500 mg daily for 3 days). Fluid tality which was significantly higher in oliguric patients (p = 0.011).
overload, hyperkalemia or metabolic acidosis refractory to medical Gross, painless hematuria was seen in two patients, and one had measures, or persistent oliguria were indications for starting intravascular hemolysis. A 14-year-old male who presented with fever and gross hematuria underwent a kidney biopsy that showedmesangial hypercellularity with 2+ mesangial deposition of immunoglobulin A (IgA). He continued to have microscopic Urinalysis abnormalities and AKI were the outcomes of interest.
hematuria after 6 months. One patient had nephrotic range pro- The study population was divided into two groups based on teinuria at presentation that rapidly improved over 2 weeks and presence or absence of AKI.
hence, biopsy was not done. Three patients required dialysis.
Prominent hematological abnormalities included thrombocy- Statistical analysis topenia, leucocytosis and severe anemia (Table 3). Hyperbi- Data was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social lirubinemia, transaminitis, and hypoalbuminemia were also seen Sciences (SPSS) software for Windows, version 20.0 (IBM Corp., in majority of patients. Over 50% patients developed ARDS.
Armonk NY). Univariate analysis was done to assess association Secondary hemophagocytosis and septic arthritis were seen in of various parameters with presence of AKI and final outcome.
one patient each. Interestingly, two of the patients were kidney Binary logistic regression analysis (forward conditional) was used to look for independent association of clinical and laboratory factors Patients with characteristic eschar were immediately started on with the outcome. All p values were two-tailed, and considered to treatment once blood samples were collected for testing. Other- be significant at ,0.05.
wise, specific treatment for scrub typhus was started only afterdiagnosis was confirmed. The disease was fatal in 8 patients, all of whom had ARDS and AKI. All three patients who requireddialysis expired. On univariate analysis, jaundice, oliguria, Out of 201 patients with fever and multisystem involvement elevated bilirubin, elevated SGOT, elevated SGPT, ARDS and seen during this period, 49 tested positive for O. tsutsugamushi DNA.
AKI were significantly associated with mortality (p of 0.045, None of these had any alternative diagnosis (Table 1). Amongst 0.0001, 0.005, 0.022, 0.039, 0.007 and 0.004, respectively). There 152 patients who were negative for scrub typhus by aforemen- was no significant association of stage of AKI with mortality tioned PCR, 20% patients had an alternative diagnosis (Table 2).
(p = 0.214). On multivariate analysis, only oliguric AKI showed an Importantly, a total of 105 patients were recorded as positive for independent association with mortality (p = 0.002, Cox & Snell R scrub typhus IgM ELISA. These included 43% of scrub typhus Square 0.309).
PCR negative patients. A total of 23% of patients within this Except the person with persistent hematuria, all surviving subset (scrub typhus PCR negative but IgM ELISA positive) were patients had normal renal function and normal urinalysis at 3 assigned an alternative diagnosis. A comparison of the clinical months after recovery.
features and laboratory abnormalities in scrub typhus positive andnegative patients is given in Table 1. Vomiting, altered sensorium, bodyaches, tachycardia, hepatomegaly, lymphadenopathy, AKIand thrombocytopenia were significantly more common in This is the first report to comprehensively document the clinical patients with scrub typhus (Table 1).
picture, investigative profile, pattern of renal involvement and Males constituted 59% of the scrub typhus PCR positive cases.
outcome in a cohort of patients of scrub typhus using a strict case The mean age was 34.1614.4 (range 11–65) years and the definition. We show that scrub typhus is responsible for about 24% duration of symptoms at presentation was 10.864.9 (range 3–30) of all patients presenting with unexplained febrile illness and/ days. About 84% patients were from rural areas. No cases were or multi-system involvement. We also show that the renal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605


Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury Figure 2. Phylogenetic tree analysis, highlighted test sample shows .98% homology to O. tsutsugamushi.
doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002605.g002 PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury Table 1. Clinical and laboratory manifestations in patients (total no. of patients: 201).
Scrub typhus (n = 49) Shortness of breath Decreased urine output Altered sensorium Bleeding manifestations Hemoglobin (g/dL) Platelet count (per mL) Serum total bilirubin (mg/dL) Total protein (g/dL) Serum albumin (g/dL) Serum creatinine (mg/dL) Scrub typhus IgM ELISA positivity AKI: acute kidney injury, ARDS: acute respiratory distress syndrome, ELISA: enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, IgM: immunoglobulin M, PCR: polymerase chainreaction, SAP: serum alkaline phosphatase SGOT: serum glutamate oxaloacetate aminotransferase, SGPT: serum glutamate pyruvate aminotransferase, TLC: totalleukocyte count.
doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002605.t001 involvement is fairly common in scrub typhus. AKI is seen in over Scrub typhus does not find a mention in most descriptions of 50% cases, and is an important predictor of mortality.
tropical community acquired AKI. In part, the reason has been Scrub typhus is caused by obligate, intracellular bacterium inability to make an accurate diagnosis. The clinical description O. tsutsugamushi which is maintained in nature by trans-ovarian lays emphasis on the presence of an eschar, which is often difficult transmission in trombiculid mites. Human involvement occurs to see in dark-skinned persons. Supporting tests include either accidentally when they get bitten by infected trombiculid mite demonstration of rising antibody titre or rickettsial DNA [15].
larvae (chiggers) leading to inoculation of organisms into skin.
Serologic tests are plagued by under-reporting of methodology and Vascular endothelial cell injury leading to vasculitis is the pre- variable seropositivity criteria. [15,20]. Most Indian reports have dominant mechanism of cellular injury in this disease.
relied on a single point commercially available IgM ELISA using PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury and murine typhus patients. Also, the investigators showed that Table 2. Diagnoses in scrub typhus PCR negative population.
this PCR amplified DNA of 9 other strains of O. tsutsugamushiprevalent in South-East Asia and suggested that it could be used todetect diverse antigenic types of O. tsutsugamushi. In a study from Scrub typhus IgM ELISA Korea, nested PCR for gene encoding the 56 kDa antigen of O. tsutsugamushi was shown to have a sensitivity of 82.2% and a specificity of 100% when compared with IFA (diagnosis made byeither single point titres cut off or four fold rise in titres in convalescent sera) [26]. In another recent study from the same centre where the investigators compared various types of PCR (47 kDa gene, 56 kDa gene) for scrub typhus diagnosis (confirmed Pyogenic meningitis only by four fold rise in convalescent sera titres by IFA), 56 kDa nested PCR was found to have the highest sensitivity (87.8%) and 100% specificity [14]. IFA which is considered current goldstandard reference diagnostic method is imperfect, gives retro- Japanese encephalitis spective diagnosis and plagued by variability in methodology and arbitrarily defined cut off titres without supporting epidemiological data [23]. Theoretically, PCR based assays would offer diagnosis till bacteremia persists, before antibody response occurs in earlyphase of disease and overcome the problem of high background *Drug Reaction with Eosinophila and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS);# titres in endemic areas before antibody response starts appearing.
Still's disease, erythema nodosum, polymyositis, dapsone syndrome, However, once bacteremia has cleared with or without treatment, ELISA: enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, IgM: immunoglobulin M, PCR: PCR based assays would be negative. Therefore, it has been polymerase chain reaction.
suggested that future diagnostic development should preferably focus on both pathogen and antibody based tests [23]. Recently, aset of robust set of reference criteria comprising culture, serological cutoffs that have been derived from low endemicity areas. A major cut offs backed by local epidemiological data and combination of limiting factor is lack of availability of local seroprevalence dats.
various available PCRs has been proposed for validation of new Single time point estimations should be used only when robust diagnostic techniques for scrub typhus [21].
local seroprevalence data is available [14,20]. Variable single point Therefore, our study appropriately highlights the current limi- titres in India ($1:100, $16 units) and Thailand ($1:400) have tations of using such serologic tests for diagnosis of scrub typhus been reported as positive [6,8,13]. However, using serology alone, and suggests the need to obtain robust population data to deter- Paris et al used an admission IgM titer of $1:12,800 (based on mine appropriate cutoffs for diagnosis. Antibody titre estimation in local seroprevalence data and highest titres seen during acute paired serum samples may overcome these limitations, but the infections) or a four-fold rise in IgM antibody by immunofluores- diagnosis would be retrospective in such a situation and may not cence antibody assay (IFA) to define a case of scrub typhus in help in immediately guiding treatment.
Thailand [21]. Therefore, use of single sample titres for making a Using this nested PCR as confirmatory diagnostic criterion, positive diagnosis using arbitrary cutoff without local validation is 24% of patients with unexplained febrile illness seen at our centre strongly discouraged [15,22,23]. Unfortunately, seroprevalence had scrub typhus. In a study from South India [27], about 51% of data in Indian population is not available. Our study shows all patients with febrile illness were diagnosed as scrub typhus on that diagnosis of scrub typhus using single time qualitative IgM the basis of ELISA. It is important to note that there is no data antibody estimation by the commercially available IgM ELISA kit from Indian population which validates antibody titre cutoffs would have failed to diagnose scrub typhus in 20% of PCR put forward by manufacturer's in Western countries. Had we also positive confirmed cases.
based the diagnosis on serology, the prevalence would have been Nested PCR targeting gene encoding for the 56-kDa antigen of 57%. We did not note any geographic clustering. The condition Gilliam strain of O. tsutsugamushi has been shown to have high was also seen in urban residents,who are traditionally considered sensitivity and specificity. This primer set has been shown to to be at low risk [28,29]. Whether this is related to environment, amplify DNA sequences from other strains of O. tsutsugamushi host, pathogen or vector related factors needs further studies.
[13,16,24,25], and has been suggested as a group specific test for Epidemiological investigation of a recent outbreak of scrub typhus O. tsutsugamushi [13]. Importantly, this PCR has been shown to be in North-East India suggested emergence of a new species of negative in normal humans and other infections. It is important to vector trombiculid mite, Schoengastiella ligula [30]. The increased note that the serotype specific primers are different from this incidence after rainy season is expected as increased vegetation set and have been described in literature [16]. In a study of 36 after rains support growth of larvae of trombiculid mite, reflecting patients who presented with fever at a large provincial hospital in tropical disease epidemiology. There is a trend towards more use Southern Thailand, nested PCR for gene encoding the 56 kDa of fluoroquinolone, cephalosporins, extended spectrum penicillins antigen of Gilliam strain of O. tsutsugamushi was compared with IFA and newer antibiotics in the community [31,32]. We believe that (both acute and convalescent sera in only 17 patients) [13]. This increasing use of these antibiotics for treatment of febrile illnesses PCR detected all 9 patients who were diagnosed by serology in the community during recent times may be contributing to (positive if single point titre of .1:400 or a four-fold rise in titre to unmasking of this disease as the causative organism is inherently at least 1:200), and in addition was positive in 3 more patients who resistant to them.
were negative by serology. The reported range for days after onset Till recently, renal involvement due to scrub typhus had not of disease and specific drug treatment when samples were taken received much attention. A recent systematic review could only for testing ranged from 5–33 days and 1–27 days, respectively.
find a few case reports specifically describing acute renal failure Importantly, this PCR was negative in healthy human controls due to scrub typhus [33]. Overall, renal involvement is considered PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury Table 3. Comparison of clinical, laboratory manifestations and complications in the AKI and non-AKI groups in the confirmedscrub typhus study population (scrub typhus PCR positive, no. of patients: 49).
P value (two tailed) Shortness of breath Altered sensorium Bleeding manifestations Hemoglobin (g/dL) Platelet count (per mL) Serum total bilirubin (mg/dL) Total protein (g/dL) Serum albumin (g/dL) Blood urea (mg/dL) Serum creatinine (mg/dL) Scrub typhus IgM ELISA positivity PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury Table 3. Cont.
P value (two tailed) AKI: acute kidney injury, ARDS: acute respiratory distress syndrome, ELISA: enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, IgM: immunoglobulin M, PCR: polymerase chainreaction, SAP: serum alkaline phosphatase SGOT: serum glutamate oxaloacetate aminotransferase, SGPT: serum glutamate pyruvate aminotransferase, TLC: totalleukocyte count.
doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002605.t003 to be a part of multi-organ dysfunction syndrome in patients with expired. This may be a reflection of underlying severity of disease.
severe disease [10,11]. In Taiwan, incidence of AKI in scrub The significant association of hyperbilirubinemia with AKI and typhus was reported to be 8.3% and 6.6% in two series [34,35].
association of increased mortality with oliguric form of AKI Importantly, clinical course in 8 out of 9 patients who developed may also be a reflection of the same. Basu et al [27] also showed acute renal failure in one of these series was complicated by septic increasing mortality risk with increasing severity of AKI.
shock which might have precipitated AKI [34]. In India, two series There are some limitations to this study. Our study population from South India have shown the incidence of AKI to be 19% and is unlikely to represent the true burden of this disease as only those 42% (Table 5) [6,27,36,37]. A recent series from North India patients who had severe disease or were unresponsive to treatment reported AKI in 34% patients [8]. It is important to note that that in community health facilities would have been referred to our the basis of diagnosis has been a single point measurement of tertiary care centre. Secondly, the diagnosis was based on a single antibody using an arbitrary cutoff, and therefore subject to the nucleic acid test. Other nucleic acid-based tests such as 47- above mentioned limitations. Our study is the first to use a robust kDa-based and GroEL-based real-time PCR and loop-mediated diagnostic parameter to identify definitive cases and evaluate renal isothermal PCR [20] have also been used. It is possible that a combination of these along with culture and properly validated Renal abnormalities were present in 82% cases, and .50% local serological criteria would allow identification of more cases.
patients had AKI. Abnormal urinalysis was seen in 61% of Despite these limitation, our current observations are significant patients. In a study from Vietnam, abnormal urinalysis, almost as they identify scrub typhus as an important cause of unexplained exclusively proteinuria, was reported in 20% of patients with scrub acute febrile illness in this region and contradict the current notion typhus diagnosed by IFA or mouse inoculation methods [38].
that AKI is uncommon complication in this disease. Whether the Mild proteinuria or microscopic hematuria have been reported in higher incidence of AKI in hospitalized patients with scrub typhus scrub typhus patients with acute renal failure [39]. A recent study in our region compared to that reported from other centres is from India reported abnormal urinalysis in 57% patients [36].
actually related to some host factor, differences in microbial Low-grade albuminuria, along with microscopic hematuria, pyuriaand glucosuria suggest predominant tubulo-interstitial involve-ment. Clinical evidence of glomerular involvement was seen in 2 Table 4. Renal abnormalities in the confirmed scrub typhus cases, one as nephrotic range proteinuria that improved sponta- study population (no. of patients: 49).
neously, and the other with glomerular hematuria who was shownto have IgA nephropathy on biopsy. It is likely that concurrentfebrile illness due to scrub typhus precipitated episode of gross No. of patients (%) hematuria in the second patient.
Oliguria (,400 ml/d) Other descriptions of acute renal failure in scrub typhus are in the form of case reports [39–43] and one autopsy study [44].
The mechanism of AKI in scrub typhus is mainly believed to be impaired renal perfusion due to volume depletion or increased vascular permeability [42]. Other potential mechanisms include Abnormal urinalysis direct tubular toxicity leading to acute tubular necrosis, interstitial Dipstick positive albuminuria nephritis, pigment nephropathy due to rhabdomyolysis andthrombotic microangiopathy secondary to disseminated intravas- cular coagulation. Renal biopsies have shown mild mesangial hyperplasia, acute tubular necrosis or tubulointerstitial nephritis [40,42,45]. The autopsy series published 67 years back described Dipstick positive glucosuria renal histopathologic changes in 69 patients with scrub typhus Significant pyuria (.9 pus cells/hpf) [44]. Proximal tubular epithelial swelling and interstitial nephritis Microscopic hematuria (.2 RBC/hpf)# were universal. Focal or diffuse glomerulonephritis was seen in 30% of kidney specimens. Fibrin filled capillaries or swollenendothelial cells leading to glomerular ischemia was another prominent observation. Kidneys were the second most common site of vascular changes after testes. Evidently, these findings represented involvement in severest form which led to death of excludes two patients with gross hematuria; $defined according to KDIGO guidelines for AKI.
In our study, the outcome of AKI was largely favourable as all AKI: acute kidney injury, KDIGO: Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes, the surviving patients with AKI had completely recovered their RBC: red blood cell.
renal function. All 3 patients who had dialysis dependent AKI PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases www.plosntds.org January 2014 Volume 8 Issue 1 e2605 Scrub Typhus and Acute Kidney Injury Table 5. Renal involvement in scrub typhus.
35, age #12 years 20% of all patients (stages 1, 2 and 3 reported as 29%, 42% and 29% of all patientswith AKI, respectively) 188, age $18 years 42.6% of all patients (risk, injury and failure in 48%,26% and 26% of all patientswith AKI, respectively) 189, age $16 years 19.6% of all patients 259, median age 39 23.2% of all patients (risk, injury and failure in 38%,22% and 40% of all patientswith AKI, respectively) 515, only data about 35% of all patients (risk, patients with AKI injury and failure in 45%, presented (mean age 34% and 21% of all patients with AKI, respectively) 136, age $2 years $0.5 mg/dL increase 6.6% of all patients in serum creatinineover baseline orlowest value OR24 hour urinevolume ,400 ml *Used $4 fold rise in antibody titre in paired serum samples if diagnosed by IFA.
AKIN: Acute Kidney Injury Network, ELISA: Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay, IgM: Immunoglobulin M.
doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002605.t005 virulence or is an actual unmasking of a previously unrecognized Supporting Information complication is difficult to infer due to variability and paucityof existing literature. Standardization of diagnostic criteria and STROBE checklist.
uniform definitions of various manifestations when applied across various centres may help in this regard.
In conclusion, scrub typhus is an important cause of febrile Author Contributions illness with multisystem involvement in tropical regions. Renal Conceived and designed the experiments: VivK VJ. Performed the involvement is common and AKI is an independent predictor of experiments: VinK AKY SI. Analyzed the data: VivK VinK AKY SI RA.
mortality. We suggest that the panel of investigation in all these Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AB NS SJ. Wrote the cases should include PCR for O tsutsugamushi. The discrepancy paper: VivK AKY VJ.
between NAT positivity and IgM ELISA positivity as definedby arbitrary cutoffs suggests the need to develop robust localseroprevalence data.
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