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Here is a quick mnemonic ” TICK BORNE “ to remember about the Human Monocytotropic Ehrlichiosis Rash

Human Monocytotropic Ehrlichiosis (HME) is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by the bacteria Ehrlichia chaffeensis. It primarily affects monocytes, which are a type of white blood cell involved in the body’s immune response.

The hallmark symptom of HME is a high fever, often accompanied by other flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and chills. However, a characteristic rash is not commonly associated with HME.

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Human Monocytotropic Ehrlichiosis Rash: How To Remember Easily ?

  • T – Tick-borne disease
  • I – Involves trunk and extremities
  • C – Common in U.S. Southeast, southern Midwest, and mid-Atlantic regions
  • K – Known as human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis caused by Ehrlichia chaffeensis
  • B – Body rash (maculopapular eruption) present in 40% of cases, may be petechial
  • O – Other symptoms include headache and myalgias
  • R – Region-specific prevalence
  • N – Notable leukopenia (low white blood cell count)
  • E – Ehrlichiosis is the main tick-borne illness to consider

Mnemonic : TICK BORNE

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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