Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2017)
Clinical presentation, neurological manifestations and correlation of laboratory parameters among patients of chickungunya fever presenting in a tertiary care setting, Pune, India
Author(s): Gita Nadimpalli, NP Rao, Shahu Ingole
Abstract: Chikungunya (CHICK) fever is an acute febrile illness associated with severe, often debilitating polyarthralgias. Because of dearth of information on CHIK fever, its clinical presentation and significance of laboratory testing in the diagnosis of CHIK fever in Indian population, this study was planned. This was an observational, prospective epidemiological study conducted on Indian patients visiting Rao Nursing Home, Pune and confirmed/ suspected of suffering from CHICK fever. From October to November 2016, total 232 patients were enrolled in the study. Of the 232 samples tested for CHICV IgM antibodies, 51(21.98%) were positive (confirmed) cases. Fever was a presenting symptom in all cases, arthralgia was present in 46 (90.20%) confirmed cases and 146(80.66%) suspected cases. Neurological manifestation was seen in 9 (17.65%) confirmed cases. Mortality was recorded in 3 (5.88%) confirmed cases. Further studies need to carried out to find out if neurological complications in CHICV is associated with increased mortality.