HEMATOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS IN CLINICALLY SUSPECTED DENGUE CASES IN A TERTIARY CARE TEACHING HOSPITAL IN KARNATAKA

Dr Katta Subraya Prakash Rao, Dr Karthikeya T M

Abstract


Background : Dengue is an acute viral illness with sometimes fatal complications. To reduce the associated mortality
and morbidty, early diagnosis and prompt management becomes essential. This study was undertaken to evaluate the
commonly employed laboratory parameters and also to highlight the importance of the less commonly used investigations which might be of
importance.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 200 patients suspected to have dengue infection. Clinical examination and relevant
blood investigations were done.
Results: Out of 200 patients , 52 (26%) were found positive for dengue. 25.5% were positive for NS1 antigen only. Leukopenia and
thrombocytopenia were seen in cases with dengue. Ferritin and liver enzymes were found to be elevated.
Conclusion: Dengue is endemic in India. No specic treatment is currently available for this disease. Early diagnosis, proper care and
management can only reduce the mortality associated with this disease.


Keywords


Dengue, Thrombocytopenia, Hyperferritinemia.

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