Which extrapulmonary findings suggest C burnetii community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) (Q fever)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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C burnetii CAP (Q fever) is associated with the following factors: [50, 51]

  • Acute infection
  • Severe retrobulbar headache, myalgias, fever, rigors, nonproductive cough
  • Elevated levels of transaminases and thrombocytopenia
  • Maculopapular or purpuric rash
  • Zoonotic exposure (goats, sheep, cattle most common)

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