BMJ Case Rep 2016 Nov 9;2016. Epub 2016 Nov 9.
Center for Family Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Hereditary haemochromatosis is associated with increased susceptibility to some infections. We report here a case of Q fever in a patient with coexistent haemochromatosis. The literature is reviewed in regard to the effect of haemochromatosis on susceptibility to infectious disease in general and Q fever in particular. Although there is documented increased risk in these patients for some infectious conditions, a specific association with Q fever has not been previously reported. The present report raises the possibility of such a clinically relevant connection.