Diagnostic tests for rocky mountain spotted fever and other rickettsial diseases

J. S. Dumler, D. H. Walker

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Abstract

Rickettsial diseases continue to confound physicians because of their usually sporadic occurrence and nonspecific clinical presentation. In past years, diagnosis was confirmed only during convalescence; however, newer, more widely available methods, such as antigen detection and improved in vitro cultivation, have enabled a diagnosis at a time when therapeutic decisions are made. Molecular nucleic acid-based techniques have also expanded the spectrum of etiologic agents and illnesses caused by rickettsiae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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