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A disease of a wide variety of animal species caused by the bacterium Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Epizootics of pseudotuberculosis are commonly seen in birds and rodents, often with high case-fatality rates. In humans, seven clinical entities are recognized: primary focalized infections (pseudoappendicitis, acute mesenteric lymphadenitis, or acute terminal ileitis), primary generalized infections (septicemia or scarlatiniform fever), and secondary immunologic phenomena (erythema nodosum or arthralgia).
Synonym(s): pseudotubercular yersiniosis
Infectious disease Human infection by Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which causes acute mesenteric lymphadenitis, mimics acute appendicitis, resulting in abdominal pain and fever
Medspeak An artefact described in a young woman whose braided hair fell into the field of an AP chest film, and thus mimicked the radiologic appearance of tuberculosis
Research A virulent infection of experimental rodents—mice, rats—by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis and C kutscheri, causing nonspecific weakness and respiratory distress, possibly progressing to disseminated abscesses or less commonly, granulomas in lungs, kidneys, myocardium, liver, lymph nodes, etc.