Central nervous system involvement in rickettsial diseases

Thomas P Bleck*

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The Rickettsia are obligate intracellular parasites that are usually spread to humans by insects and typically produce vasculitides. The prototypic rickettsial disorder in the United States is Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). The differential diagnosis of RMSF and related disorders includes other conditions that produce vasculitis, most importantly meningococcemia. The rickettsial disorders are usually treated effectively with tetracycline derivatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-812
Number of pages12
JournalNeurologic clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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