Practice of Medicine

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Delayed Diagnosis of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in a small child results in Catastrophic Injury

November 26, 2013

The Case

On 11/26/03, a 2 year old female began complaining of "tummy ache". Her elevated temperature was relieved with Motrin. The next day, the mother telephoned the pediatrician and reported the following symptoms: temperature of 102-103, vomiting, and rash. The pediatrician told the mother the child probably had a virus. He advised her to continue Motrin and to observe the child. The office …

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