alexa Rickettsioses presenting as major joint arthritis and erythema nodosum: description of four patients.

Author(s): Premaratna R, Chandrasena TG, Rajapakse RP, Eremeeva ME, Dasch GA,

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Abstract Erythema nodosum and aseptic arthritis are recognized associations of rickettsial infections. However, they usually present with a febrile illness rather than with severe arthritis. We report three patients who presented with incapacitating major joint arthritis and one who presented with severe spondyloarthropathy in addition to major joint arthritis due to serologically confirmed Orientia tsutsugamushi and Rickettsia conorii infections. All of them had erythema nodosum and low-grade fever. They had rapid clinical response to doxycycline. This article was published in Clin Rheumatol and referenced in

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