Ann Rheum Dis 48:77-79 doi:10.1136/ard.48.1.77
  • Research Article

Skeletal brucellosis in Iraqi patients.

  1. T I al-Rawi,
  2. A J Thewaini,
  3. A R Shawket,
  4. G M Ahmed
  1. Department of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Al-Kindi General Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq.


      The clinical features of 21 episodes of skeletal brucellosis in 17 Iraqi patients are reported. Six had monarthritis of a large joint, six had spondylitis, and five had spondarthritis. Brucellosis remains a major health problem in Iraq. The disease is transmitted to man through the ingestion of unpasteurised milk or milk products but can also be acquired through physical contact.