What does a finding of rash indicate in the evaluation of pediatric patients with fever?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Hina Z Ghory, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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A hemorrhagic rash is classically described as resulting from overwhelming systemic bacterial infection due to meningococcemia but may be due to other (usually serious) infections. The presence of petechiae or purpura in febrile children indicates the need for prompt evaluation and therapy.


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