A case of toxigenic, pharyngeal diphtheria in Australia

Sarah Grigg, David Hogan, F Shaun Hosein, Dean Johns, Amy Jennison and Shradha Subedi
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50566
Published online: 4 May 2020

A 42‐year‐old woman presented to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland, with a 5‐day history of odynophagia, orthopnoea and rapid onset of neck swelling over 12 hours. She had returned one week prior from a year‐long trip to Central America, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Relevant past medical history included nephrotic syndrome due to minimal change disease, use of prednisolone 2.5 mg daily and previous treatment with rituximab. Childhood vaccinations were reported, but she had no booster travel vaccinations.

  • Sarah Grigg1
  • David Hogan1
  • F Shaun Hosein2
  • Dean Johns3
  • Amy Jennison3
  • Shradha Subedi1

  • 1 Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • 2 Griffith University, Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • 3 Forensic and Scientific Services, Brisbane, QLD


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