What are possible complications of scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Today, as a result not only of antibiotic therapy but also of enhanced immune status of the population and improved socioeconomic conditions, scarlet fever usually follows a benign course. Any undue morbidity and mortality are more likely to arise from suppurative complications (eg, peritonsillar abscess, sinusitis, bronchopneumonia, and meningitis) or problems associated with immune-mediated sequelae, rheumatic fever, or glomerulonephritis. Very rare complications, such as septic shock with multisystem organ failure, have been reported. [12]


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