Which clinical history findings are characteristic of enteroviral herpangina?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Coxsackie A virus is the main etiologic agent of herpangina, described as a vesicular enanthem of the tonsillar fauces and soft palate that principally affects children aged 3-10 years. [51] Other serotypes have been isolated including enterovirus 71 (EV71), which has cause recent outbreaks and epidemics in South-East Asia [52]

Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing, followed a day later by a painful vesicular eruption of the oral mucosa. The posterior pharynx and tonsils may also be involved. Most disease occurs in the summer.

Patients may report anorexia, malaise, irritability, headache, backache, and diarrhea. Symptoms resolve in 3-4 days.

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