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Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction

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noun Ja·risch–Herx·hei·mer reaction \ˈyä-rish-ˈherks-ˌhī-mər-\

Medical Definition of Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction

  1. :  an increase in the symptoms of a spirochetal disease (as syphilis, Lyme disease, or relapsing fever) occurring in some persons when treatment with spirocheticidal drugs is started—called also Herxheimer reaction

Biographical Note for jarisch–herxheimer reaction

Jarisch

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Adolf

(1850–1902), Austrian dermatologist. Jarisch published his description of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction in 1895, seven years before Herxheimer published his own description.

Herxheimer

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Karl

(1861–1944), German dermatologist. Herxheimer published his description of the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction in 1902. In that same year he also described acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans.


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