Diagnosis of Mysterious Fever Saves Man’s Life at Hadassah
When a 50-year-old man came to the Hadassah Medical Center with a mysterious fever and difficulty breathing, the cause was difficult to determine and standard treatment for his clinical systems did not stop his decline.
One after another his bodily systems began to fail. Hadassah's physicians suspected Q fever (a bacterial disease), even though initial test results for the disease were negative, so they followed their suspicion and treated him accordingly. Repeat tests yielded a borderline Q fever diagnosis, but after a few days, a positive result confirmed the physicians had been correct. The patient improved with the proper antibiotic and supportive therapy and, following a lengthy rehabilitation, was able to return to work.