The ocular manifestations of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Ann Ophthalmol. 1987 Aug;19(8):301-3, 306.


To our knowledge, this is the first report of an iris nodule in a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). The iris nodule may be similar to the "typhus nodule" of the central nervous system reported at autopsy in patients with typhus rickettsial disease. Previous case reports of RMSF have emphasized either anterior uveitis or retinal vasculitis. In the case reported here, both occurred in our patient as a result of RMSF. Also, we review the ophthalmic literature on rickettsial disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Granuloma / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Iris Diseases / etiology*
  • Male
  • Retinal Diseases / etiology
  • Retinal Vein*
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / complications*
  • Uveitis, Anterior / etiology*