Tularemia: a rare cause of neck mass, evaluation of 33 patients

ÇAĞLI S. , VURAL A. , Sonmez O. , YÜCE I. , Guney E.

EUROPEAN ARCHIVES OF OTO-RHINO-LARYNGOLOGY, cilt.268, ss.1699-1704, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 268 Konu: 12
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00405-011-1722-8
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1699-1704


The objective of the study is to report 33 cases presenting with neck masses later diagnosed with tularemia and to raise attention to this rare zoonotic infection. A retrospective analysis of 33 patients, who were diagnosed with tularemia and treated at Erciyes University Department of Otorhinolaryngology between January 2010 and December 2010 was conducted. In conclusion, because tularemia is a rare infection, its diagnosis is frequently delayed and the symptoms of the patients may last for months without any appropriate treatment. The diagnosis of tularemia rests on clinical suspicion. For the patients, who carry risk factors for tularemia and having cervical lymphadenopathies with or without oropharyngeal symptoms and who do not response to treatment with beta-lactam antibiotics, tularemia must be kept in mind.