Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is a small, compulsory intracellular bacterium that is associated with animals (mainly sheep and goats). The microorganism is transmitted by drop inhalation (aerogenically) and generally causes mild respiratory disease. A small number of cases of acute infection can develop into chronic disease and is typically manifested as endocarditis. If proper treatment is not taken, Q fever endocarditis can be fatal.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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