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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2006 Apr;20(4):411-7.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey 07103-2714, USA.


Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an unusual but important dermatological condition to identify without hesitation. The classic triad of headache, fever, and a rash that begins on the extremities and travels proximally to involve the trunk is found in a majority of patients. The cutaneous centripetal pattern is a result of cell to cell migration by the causative organism Rickettsia rickettsii. Such individuals should receive prompt antimicrobial therapy and supportive care to avoid serious and potentially fatal complications.

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