Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Pediatr Neurol. 1999 Jul;21(1):503-5. doi: 10.1016/s0887-8994(99)00028-4.


Although acute disseminated encephalomyelitis has been observed after a variety of viral infections and an occasional bacterial infection, it has not been reported in association with rickettsial infections. Reported is a 7-year-old male with magnetic resonance images and clinical manifestations suggestive of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after a tick bite and serologically proven Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain / microbiology
  • Child
  • Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated / diagnosis
  • Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated / microbiology*
  • Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated / therapy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Rickettsia rickettsii / immunology
  • Rickettsia rickettsii / isolation & purification*
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / complications*