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Scrub typhus is a disease endemic to the Indian subcontinent caused by the obligate intracellular pleomorphic organism, Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus among other acute febrile illnesses present with prodromal symptoms of fever, malaise, myalgia, anorexia followed by a distinct maculopapular rash, hepatosplenomegaly, and lymphadenopathy. In this case report, we present a patient who developed a rare cutaneous vasculitis secondary to infection with Orientia tsutsugamushi. After performing the Weil Felix test, a diagnostic titer of 1:640 against OX-K was obtained. Furthermore, a skin biopsy was carried out which confirmed the diagnosis of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. The patient was treated with Doxycycline and showed a drastic improvement in his symptoms.
Keywords: Scrub Typhus, Rickettsia; Vasculitis; Doxycycline.
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