What are the physical findings of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Physical exam findings vary with the severity of disease. Most patients have few, if any, physical findings. Fever is generally present. A minority of patients have jaundice, splenomegaly, or hepatomegaly.  Petechiae may be present in a few patients, and ecchymoses have been noted occasionally. A rash similar to erythema chronicum migrans has been described, but this probably represents intercurrent Lyme disease. Rigors and altered mental status may be seen.  Babesiosis has also been associated with shock and ARDS.  


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