Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 499–502 | Cite as

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: ‘starry sky’ appearance with diffusion-weighted imaging in a child

  • Seth Crapp
  • Dana Harrar
  • Megan Strother
  • Curtis Wushensky
  • Sumit Pruthi
Case Report


We present a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever encephalitis in a child imaged utilizing diffusion-weighted MRI. Although the imaging and clinical manifestations of this entity have been previously described, a review of the literature did not reveal any such cases reported in children utilizing diffusion-weighted imaging. The imaging findings and clinical history are presented as well as a brief review of this disease.


Lyme Disease White Matter Lesion Cryptococcal Infection Rickettsial Infection Meningeal Enhancement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth Crapp
    • 1
  • Dana Harrar
    • 2
  • Megan Strother
    • 3
  • Curtis Wushensky
    • 1
  • Sumit Pruthi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Division of Pediatric NeuroradiologyMonroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Radiology & Radiological Sciences, Division of NeuroradiologyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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