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Oculoglandular syndrome in Mediterranean spotted fever acquired through the eye

Pinna, Antonio <1963- > and Sotgiu, Mario and Carta, Francesco and Zanetti, Stefania Anna Lucia and Fadda, Giovanni (1997) Oculoglandular syndrome in Mediterranean spotted fever acquired through the eye. British Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 81 (2), pp. 172. eISSN 1468-2079. Article.

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DOI: 10.1136/bjo.81.2.e168


We examined a 33-year-old woman with a week long history of a progressively inflamed left eye who showed oculoglandular conjunctivitis and a marginal corneal ulcer. Three days later she presented with fever and cutaneous maculopapular exanthema. The patient revealed that 2 weeks earlier a jet of blood had splashed into her left eye as she accidentally crushed a tick on her dog. Blood samples from the patient were positive to the Weil–Felix test; therefore, Mediterranean spotted fever was diagnosed. Systemic and topical treatment with tetracyclines was successful. The possibility that spotted fever may be acquired through the eye should be kept in mind.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2933
Uncontrolled Keywords:Oculoglandular syndrome, Mediterranean spotted
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/30 Malattie apparato visivo
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/07 Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Oftalmologia, Otorinolaringoiatria e Urologia
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
Deposited On:08 Sep 2009 17:44

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