An Analysis of Children with Brucellosis Associated with Pancytopenia

AKBAYRAM S., Dogan M., AKGUN C., Peker E., Parlak M., ÇAKSEN H., ...More

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, vol.28, no.3, pp.203-208, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/08880018.2010.536298
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.203-208
  • Keywords: brucellosis, childhood, pancytopenia, HEMATOLOGICAL MANIFESTATIONS, HEMOPHAGOCYTOSIS
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Brucellosis produces a variety of nonspecific hematologic abnormalities. Hematologic complications of mild anemia and leukopenia have been frequently associated with acute brucellosis, but pancytopenia is less frequently seen. In this study, records of children with brucellosis aged under or equal to 16 years, admitted to Yuzuncu Yil University Hospital between 2004 and 2010, were analyzed retrospectively. Over this time period, 187 patients with brucellosis were diagnosed. Twenty-five (13.3%%) of 187 patients had pancytopenia during admission to hospital. The diagnosis of brucellosis was confirmed by standard tube agglutination test in all patients; titers were 1:320 in 1 patient and 1:1280 in 24 patients. Blood culture was positive for Brucella melitensis in 3 patients (12%%). Fever was the most common manifestation, followed by malaise, anorexia, sweating, and weight loss. Fever and splenomegaly were the common signs in most patients. In addition, arthritis was observed in 5 patients, and epistaxis, headache, and abdominal pain were observed in 3 patients. The common bone marrow aspiration findings consisted of increased megakaryocytes and hyperplasia of erythroid series, with a shift to the left of the granulocytic series. Histiocytic hyperplasia was observed in the bone marrow smear of 2 patients. Mild hemophagocytosis was observed in the bone marrow of 3 patients. All patients recovered completely, and their peripheral blood counts returned to normal by 2 to 6 weeks after antibiotic treatment of brucellosis. In conclusion, the authors would like to emphasize that brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of children with pancytopenia.