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Jarisch-herxheimer reaction

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Jarisch-herxheimer reaction --> Herxheimer's reaction

An inflammatory reaction in tissues invaded by spirochete bacteria(skin, mucous membrane, nervous system, or viscera) induced in certain cases by specific treatment with salvarsan, mercury, or antibiotics; believed to be due to a rapid release of antigen with an associated allergic reaction in the patient.

Synonym: jarisch-herxheimer reaction.