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What are the tests for ehrlichiosis?

What are the tests for ehrlichiosis?

Suspicion: There are different types of ehrlichiosis in the us: monocytic ehrlichiosis, ewingii ehrlichiosis and granulocytic anaplasmosis. All are caused by rickettsiae bacteria carried on ticks . The disease is diagnosed by history and exam and examining the white cell count and other common labs. There are antibody tests to confirm but can take time and rarely unreliable. It is better to begin treatment. ...Read more

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Ehrlichiosis (Definition)

seen mainly in the southern states of USA it gives fever nausea headache with leucopenia decreased platelets caused by rickettsia it can be treated ...Read more


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What sort of disorder is ehrlichiosis?

What sort of disorder is ehrlichiosis?

Parasite: It is a parasitic disorder transmitted by ticks and may occur with other tick borne illnesses. It causes fever and inclusions on white blood cells. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of ehrlichiosis?

What are the symptoms of ehrlichiosis?

See below: Common symptoms are fever, chills, headache, muscle or joint pain, vomiting, and acute weight loss. Diarrhea, abdominal pain, cough, and rash occur less frequently. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ehrlichiosis?

What is the definition or description of: Ehrlichiosis?

Tick borne infection: seen mainly in the southern states of USA it gives fever nausea headache with leucopenia decreased platelets caused by rickettsia it can be treated after doing pcr testing ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ehrlichiosis?

What is the treatment for ehrlichiosis?

Depends: Treatment depends on the age and stage of illness. If you are an adult and come from a high risk area for lymes disease then usually a 14 day course of Doxycycline is used. If the patient is pregnant or a young child Amoxicillin is used as an alternative . For late stage treatment hospitalization is usually required, antibiotics given through veins and other symptoms managed. ...Read more

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Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

Will Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis effect the liver?

YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8675158). Even more patients infected with ehrlichiosis (80%) have elevated liver enzymes and it can even rarely cause liver failure- see http://cid.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/34/9/1206.Long. ...Read more

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How do Lyme and ehrlichiosis infections differ?

How do Lyme and ehrlichiosis infections differ?

Different Germs: Two totally different germs. Erilichiosis is caused by a ricketsial bacteria lyme is caused by a borellia spirochete. They both may have very similar symptoms, can be spread by the same ticks, and have similar treatment. Erlichiosis does not cause the classic ecm bullseye lyme rash. ...Read more

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Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

Question about Lyme disease and erlichiosis - where in the u.S. Do you have to worry about these things?

See below:: Risk of lyme disease: northeast, from maine to northern virginia; upper midwest, including most of wisconsin, northern minnesota and a sliver of northern illinois. "emerging risk" regions: illinois-indiana border, the new york-vermont border, southwestern michigan & eastern n. Dakota. Ehrlichosis: southeastern & south-central United States, from the eastern seaboard to texas. ...Read more

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