How is ehrlichiosis differentiated from viral or bacterial meningitis?

Updated: Jun 22, 2021
  • Author: Chinelo N Animalu, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most patients with ehrlichiosis present with fever and a severe headache. Nuchal rigidity may occur but it is not common. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) profile in patients with ehrlichiosis is mostly within normal limits but lymphocytic pleocytosis as well as elevated protein has occured in a few patients. [14]


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