Issue: 2007 > October > case report

Brucellosis, an uncommon and frequently delayed diagnosis

H.I. Bax, M-L.C. van Veelen, I.C. Gyssens, A.P. Rietveld


In the Netherlands, brucellosis is uncommon. Diagnosis is difficult and frequently delayed. We present three patients with back pain and/or arthralgia caused by brucellosis. We emphasise the importance of considering brucellosis in patients returning from a stay in a rural area of an endemic country, who present with osteoarticular symptoms and signs of chronic inflammation. Clues to the diagnosis come from a thorough medical history.