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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Michael Maddaleni, B.S.

Overview

A chest x-ray may be helpful in the diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Findings on a chest x-ray indicating pulmonary edema may be suggestive of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection.

Chest x-ray

  • A chest x-ray may be useful in a suspected Rocky Mountain spotted fever case.
  • A retrospective study of 70 RMSF cases demonstrated that 27% showed abnormalities.[1].
  • Of those 27%, more than 50% showed a pulmonary edema pattern.
  • Although this small study did show some pulmonary involvement with the Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases, routine radiographs are not usually a part of the general diagnostic work-up unless there is a specific reason for one.[1].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "An Evidence-Based Approach To The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever In The Emergency Department". Retrieved 2012-02-14.

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