Causes and Complications of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Severe Infection And Amputation

RushUniversityMedicalCenter

Rocky Mountain spotted fever may lead to severe infection and amputation in some instances. As the infection spreads, it will affect the blood vessels in fingers and toes and restrict blood flow to these areas. With blood flow restricted, the tissues in the extremities could develop gangrene. Considered a medical emergency, gangrene caused by Rocky Mountain spotted fever typically results in tissue swelling. Blisters and pus-filled discharge are often present, and the affected tissue dies. This type of gangrene can spread quickly throughout the body, and finger, toe, and limb amputations may sometimes be necessary as doctors attempt to stop the spread of this infection. Patients who notice any changes in skin color, numb sensations, blisters, or swelling should inform their healthcare team immediately.

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