How are complications of scarlet fever diagnosed?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Known complications, such as septicemia, vasculitis, hepatitis, or rheumatic fever, should be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the presence of clinical history and examination findings suggestive of those diseases. [13, 14] Localized soft tissue infections may suggest the presence of underlying osteomyelitis, but scarlet fever may occur from cellulitis alone. [15] When scarlet fever has been determined to be due to a soft tissue infection over or near bone, evaluation for bony involvement should be considered.


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