Journal article

Klebsiella Pneumoniae sepsis deteriorated by uncontrolled underlying disease in a decontamination worker in Fukushima, Japan.

Toyoaki Sawano, Masaharu Tsubokura, Claire Leppold, Akihiko Ozaki, Sho Fujioka, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Shigeaki Kato, Tomoyoshi Oikawa, Yukio Kanazawa

Journal of Occupational Health | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Patients with underlying conditions are at a higher risk of developing sepsis, a systematic response to infection, which has a high mortality rate. After the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, there has been an influx of migrant decontamination workers; however, little is known about their health status. CASE: A Japanese 55-year-old male decontamination worker, who had several underlying diseases, was transferred to our hospital in cardiopulmonary arrest. He had a history of diabetes mellitus and hypertension and a past history of tuberculosis. Control of underlying conditions was poor, with HbA1c of 13.8% at presentation. He was diagnosed with pneumonia-i..

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