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Doctor insights on: How To Cure Disease Caused By Rickettsiae

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Is there a tropical disease clinic that would do me a rickettsia mooseri test?

Is there a tropical disease clinic that would do me a rickettsia mooseri test?

Murine typhus: Rickettsia is a genus of non-motile, Gram-negative, non-sporeforming, highly pleomorphic bacteria that can present as cocci, rods or thread-like. Rickettsia mooseri is now called Rickettsia typhi. Onset is characterized by persistent headache, a high grade fever, and a cutaneous rash predominating on the trunk. ELISA tests are available and antibiotics should be started while tests are pending. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how rickettsia cause illness?

Can you tell me how rickettsia cause illness?

Inflammation: This is such an interesting question and I can't answer it in 400 words. Rickettsiae are gram negative bacteria, yet they cannot live outside of a cell. They are energy parasites. Since they are "other" they are attacked by the immune cells leading to inflammation which leads to fever and manifestations of disease such as typhus, RMSF, ehrlichiosis. If this answers your question, or we converse. ...Read more

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Why does the rickettsia test exist if it isn't accurate or accepted?

Complicated answer: Even when tests are highly sensitive and specific, how well they can tell a patient if they have the disease or not (positive and negative predictive value) is highly dependent upon the prevalence of the disease. Tests such as this are useful only if the clinical situation supports the diagnosis (we call this pre-test probability). ...Read more

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Id expert: what is differential of rickettsia typhi vs possible mystery diagnoses?

What is the question: Rickettsia typhi causes typhus and is what killed ricketts when he was about to leave mexico city after helping our neighbor with an epidemic. Have no clue what you mean by "possible mystery diagnoses". Is a mystery to me. ...Read more

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How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Reproduction: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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Why is there no cure for most diseases if we understand the cause?

Why is there no cure for most diseases if we understand the cause?

Let's think: The existence of a problem does not imply the existence of a solution. I can know how I broke an egg, but all the king's horses and men can't put it back together. The same is true of a gunshot wound, and of most diseases. Cures are effected by surgery, by meds that kill microbes, and by procedures that remove or incapacitate cancer cells. The rest is palliation or waiting for self-healing. ...Read more

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How to cure ileitis in 12 year old child? What is the causes for having that disease?

How to cure ileitis in 12 year old child? What is the causes for having that disease?

Crohn's?: Do you mean crohn's disease? If so, it isn't curable but can be managed well under the care of a pediatric gastroenterologist. The causes are not clearly known a it is an autoimmune disorder. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001295/" rel="nofollow" target="_b. ...Read more