Pediatric Viral Exanthems: Distinguishing the Benign from the Serious
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The authors review the classic course of common pediatric diseases associated with rashes, including varicella-zoster virus, herpes simplex virus (HSV), roseola, and rubella. Understanding the classic patterns, disease progression, high-risk populations, and potential complications allow the ED physician to avoid unnecessary testing in low-risk patients with a classic presentation, and aggressively approach potentially significant rashes in high-risk populations (e.g., neonatal HSV).
Lint, V. R.,
Schuster, J. E.,
& Marco, C. A.
(2004). Pediatric Viral Exanthems: Distinguishing the Benign from the Serious. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Reports, 9 (7), 81-92.