diphtheria

Resurgence of a disease of the past

A 6-year-old boy from a rural area presented to pediatric casualty with a history of throat pain, progressive swelling of the neck and moderate grade fever for the past 2 weeks associated with gradually worsening dysphagia for the past 2 days. Antenatal history was uneventful, born at term by normal vaginal delivery, developmentally appropriate for

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a life-threatening acute bacterial infectious condition caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The usual site of infection is the tonsils and oropharynx, but the disease can occur in nasal cavities, larynx or the skin also. History The disease was first described in the 5th century BC by Hippocrates and the bacterium was discovered by Edwin Klebs in