Volume 20, Issue 1 (Apr / May 2012)                   JSSU 2012, 20(1): 119-124 | Back to browse issues page

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Karimi M. Simultaneous Onset of Chickenpox and Scarlet Fever: a Case Report. JSSU. 2012; 20 (1) :119-124
URL: http://jssu.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-1918-en.html
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Introduction: Chickenpox is a contagious febrile illness with rash that is caused by varicella zoster virus. Most children up to age 15 are infected with the virus. Scarlet fever is caused by erythrogenic toxin of streptococcus group A and usually causes skin reactions such as fine red and often itchy papules on the trunk and extremities as well as skin redness, especially on the groin and forearm. Case: Patient is a 3-year-old girl that two days after chickenpox while she had active lesions of the chickenpox, was infected with scarlet fever. Skin lesions at different stages along with the clinical symptoms confirmed the diagnosis of chickenpox. Chickenpox is a febrile illness, more contagious and associated with the rash, which rarely has been reported with scarlet fever. Macular lesions spreading all over the body especially the trunk, with strawberry red tongue and exudative lesions of tonsils with good response to penicillin confirmed the complication of scarlet fever following chickenpox. Rarely scarlet fever is a complication of chickenpox and symptoms of both conditions may be seen simultaneously. Considering that diagnosis of both diseases are based on clinical findings, so physicians should start the appropriate treatment if they have clinical suspicion.
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Type of Study: Original article | Subject: General
Received: 2012/05/6 | Accepted: 2012/05/6 | Published: 2012/05/15

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