Rashes and Fever in Children
April 01, 2008
ABSTRACT: Children who present withrash and fever can be roughly dividedinto 3 groups: the first group includesthose with features of serious illnesswho require immediate intervention. Thesecond and third groups include thosewith clearly recognizable viral syndromes,and those with early or undifferentiatedrash. Here the focus is on those childrenin group 1 who have petechiae or purpura.The morphology of lesions amongchildren with symptoms of serious illnessoffers clues to the underlying cause.For example, petechiae may herald suchlife-threatening disorders as meningococcemia,Rocky Mountain spotted fever,and hemolytic uremic syndrome.