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Board review viral infections

Board review - Viral infections

Rubeola nine day or red measles

Rubeola (nine-day or red measles)

  • Prodromal symptoms - fever, malaise, dry (occasional croupy) cough, coryza, conjunctivitis c clear d/c, marked photophobia

  • 1-2 days p prodromal symptoms - Koplik spots on the buccal mucosa

  • Koplik spots - tiny, bluish-white dots surrounded by red halos

Rubeola nine day or red measles1

rubeola (nine-day or red measles)

  • Day 3 or 4 - blotchy, erythematous, blanching, maculopapular exanthem appears

  • Rash begins at the hairline and spreads cephalocaudally and involves palms and soles

  • Rash typically lasts 5 - 6 days

  • Can see desquimation in severe cases

Rubeola nine day or red measles2

rubeola (nine-day or red measles)

  • Patients can be systemically ill

  • Incubation period 9-10 days

  • Patients contagious from 4 days prior to the rash until 4 days after the resolution of the rash

  • Highly contagious - 90% for susceptible people

Rubeola nine day or red measles3

rubeola (nine-day or red measles)

  • High morbidity and mortality common in children in underdeveloped countries

  • Peak season is late winter to early spring

  • Potential complications - OM, PNA, obstructive laryngotracheitis, acute encephalitis

  • Vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease

Rubeola nine day or red measles4

rubeola (nine-day or red measles)

Rubella german measles

Rubella (german measles)

  • Little or no prodrome in children

  • In adolescents - 1-5 days of low-grade fever, malaise, headache, adenopathy, sore throat, coryza

  • Exanthem - discrete, pinkish red, fine maculopapular eruption - begins on the face and spreads cephalocaudally

  • Rash becomes generalized in 24 hours and clears by 72 hours

Rubella german measles1

rubella (german measles)

  • Forchheimer spots - small reddish spots on the soft palate - can sometimes be seen on day 1 of the rash

  • Arthritis and arthralgias - frequent in adolescents and young women - beginning on day 2 or 3 lasting 5-10 days

  • Up to 25% of patients are asymptomatic - serology testing may be necessary to establish the diagnosis

Rubella german measles2

rubella (german Measles)

  • Important in establishing the diagnosis if the patient is pregnant or has been in contact c a pregnant woman

  • Peaks in late winter to early spring

  • Contagious from a few days before the rash to a few days after the rash

  • Incubation period 14-21 days

  • Complications - rare in childhood - arthritis, purpura c or s thrombocytopenia, mild encephalitis

Rubella german measles3

rubella (german Measles)

Varicella chickenpox

Varicella (chickenpox)

  • Caused by varicella-zoster virus

  • Highly contagious

  • Brief prodrome of low-grade fever, URI symptoms, and mild malaise may occur

  • Rapid appearance of puritic exanthem

Varicella chickenpox1

varicella (chickenpox)

  • Lesions appear in crops - typically have 3 crops

  • Crops begin in trunk and scalp, then spread peripherally

  • Lesions begin as tiny erythematous papules, then become vesicles surrounded by red halos

  • Lesions began to dry - umbilicated appearance, then surrounding erythema fades and a scab forms

Varicella chickenpox2

varicella (chickenpox)

  • Hallmark - lesions in all stages of evolution

  • All scabs slough off 10-14 days

  • Scarring not typical unless superinfected

  • Cluster in areas of previous skin irritation

  • Puritic lesions on the skin

  • Painful lesions along the oral, rectal, and vaginal mucosa, external auditory canal, tympanic membrane

Varicella chickenpox3

varicella (chickenpox)

  • Occurs year-round, peaks in late autumn and late winter through early spring

  • Incubation period ranges from 10-20 days

  • Contagious 1-2 days prior to rash until all lesions are crusted over

  • Complications - secondary bacterial skin infections (GAS), pneumonia, hepatitis, encephalitis, Reye syndrome

Varicella chickenpox4

varicella (chickenpox)

  • Severe in the immunocompromised host - can be fatal

  • Can have severe CNS, pulmonary, generalized visceral involvement (often hemorrhagic)

  • Need to get varicella-zoster immunogloblin 96 hours post-exposure to possible varicella

Varicella chickenpox5

varicella (chickenpox)



  • 30 distinct types

  • Variety of infections including conjunctivitis, URIs, pharyngitis, croup, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia (occ fulminant), gastroenteritis, myocarditis, cystitis, encephalitis

  • Can be accompanied by a rash - variable in nature

  • Typically can see - conjunctivitis, rhinitis, pharyngitis c or s exudate, discrete, blanching, maculopapular rash



  • Can see anterior cervical and preauricular LAD, low-grade fever, malaise

  • Peak season is late winter through early summer

  • Contagious during first few days

  • Incubation period 6-9 days

Coxsackie hand foot and mouth disease

Coxsackie hand-foot-and-mouth disease

  • Brief prodome - low-grade fever, malaise, sore mouth, anorexia

  • 1-2 days later, rash appears

    • Oral lesions - shallow, yellow ulcers surrounded by red halos

    • Cutaneous lesions - begin as erythematous macules then evolve to small, thick-walled, grey vesicles on an erythematous base

Coxsackie hand foot and mouth disease1

Coxsackie hand-foot-and-mouth disease

  • Highly contagious

  • Incubation period 2-6 days

  • Lasts 2-7 days

  • Peak season summer through early fall

  • If no cutaneous lesions - herpangina

    • less painful and less intense than herpes gingivostomatitis

Erythema infectiosum fifth disease

erythema infectiosum (fifth disease)

  • Caused by Parvovirus B19

  • Affects preschool and young school aged children

  • Peak incidence in late winter and early spring, but it is seen year round

  • Characterized by rash - large, bright red, erythematous patches over both cheeks - warm, but non-tender

Erythema infectiosum fifth disease1

erythema infectiosum (fifth disease)

  • Facial rash fades, then see a symmetrical, macular, lacy, erythematous rash on the extremities

  • Resolution occurs within 3-7 days of onset

  • Transmitted by respiratory secretions, replicates in the RBC precursors in the bone marrow

  • Can cause aplastic crisis in patients with sickle cell disease, other hemogloblinopathies, and other forms in hemolytic anemia

Erythema infectiosum fifth disease2

erythema infectiosum (fifth disease)

Roseola infantum exanthem subitum

roseola infantum (exanthem subitum)

  • Febrile illness affecting children 6-36 months

  • Human herpesvirus 6 is causative agent

  • Symptoms include:

    • fever, usually >39

    • anorexia

    • irritability

    • these symptoms subside in 72 hours

Roseola infantum exanthem subitum1

roseola infantum (exanthem subitum)

  • As fever defervenscences, usually an erythematous, maculopapular rash that appear on the trunk and then spread to the extremities, face, scalp, and neck

  • Occurs year-round

  • More common in late fall and early spring

  • Incubation period thought to be 10-15 days

Roseola infantum exanthem subitum2

roseola infantum (exanthem subitum)

Infectious mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Acute self-limiting illness of children and young adults

  • Caused by EBV

  • Transmission by oral contact, sharing eating utensils, transfusion, or transplantation

  • Incubation period 30-50 days (shorter, 14-20 days, in transfusion-acquired infection)

  • Don’t usually see “classic mono” in young children

Infectious mononucleosis1

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Prodrome - fatigue, malaise, anorexia, HA, sweats, chills lasting 3-5 days

  • Symptoms

    • fever - can have wide daily fluctuations

    • pharyngitis c tonsillar and adenoidal enlargement c or s exudate, halitosis, palatal petechiae

    • LAD - anterior cervical and posterior cervical - in classic cases, generalized LAD toward end of wk 1

Infectious mononucleosis2

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Symptoms cont:

    • splenomegaly - develops in 50% of patients in 2nd-3rd wk

    • hepatomegaly in 10% of patients

    • exanthem - erythematous, maculopapular, rubelliform rash in 5-10% of patients

Infectious mononucleosis3

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Complications:

    • pneumonia

    • hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia

    • icteric hepatitis

    • acute cerebellar ataxia, encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, myletis, Guillain-Barre

    • rarely myocarditis and pericarditis

Infectious mononucleosis4

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Complications cont:

    • upper airway obstruction from tonsillar and adenoidal enlargement

      • seen more often in younger patients

      • children < 5 yrs of age c obstruction are more likely to have secondary OM, recurrent bouts of OM, tonsillitis, and sinusitis

  • splenic rupture

Infectious mononucleosis5

Infectious mononucleosis

  • Diagnosis:

    • classic finding - lymphocytosis (50% or more) c 10% atypical lymphocytes

    • 80% or more of patients c elevated liver enzymes

    • Monospot - detects heterophil antibodies - specific, not as sensitive - 85% of adolescents + and fewer younger patients

    • specific EBV antibody titers and PCR

Infectious mononucleosis6

Infectious mononucleosis

  • DDx

    • If fever and exudative tonsillitis predominate

      • GAS, diphtheria, viral pharyngitis

  • If LAD and splenomegaly predominate

    • CMV, toxo, malignancy, drug-induced mono

  • If severe hepatic involvement

    • viral hepatitis, leptospirosis

  • Herpes simplex infections

    herpes simplex infections

    • Primarily involve the skin and mucous surfaces

    • Can be disseminated in neonates and immunocompromised hosts

    • Produces primary infection - enters a latent or dormant stage, residing in the sensory ganglia - can be reactivated at any time

    Herpes simplex infections1

    herpes simplex infections

    • HSV-1

      • >90% of primary infections caused by HSV-1 are subclinical

      • more common

  • HSV-2

    • usually the genital pathogen

    • usual pathogen of neonatal herpes

  • Herpes simplex infection

    herpes simplex infection

    • Diagnosis

      • usually made clinically

      • can scrap base of vesicle and a special stain - Giemsa-stained (Tzanck)

        • ballooned epithelial cells c intranuclear inclusions and multinucleated giant

    • viral cultures take 24-72 hours

    Primary herpes simplex infections

    Primary herpes simplex infections

    • Herpetic gingivostomatitis

      • high fever, irritability, anorexia, mouth pain, drooling in infants and toddlers

      • gingivae becomes intensely erythematous, edematous, friable and tends to bleed

      • small yellow ulcerations c red halos seen on buccal and labial mucosa, tongue, gingivae, palate, tonsils

    Primary herpes simplex infections1

    primary herpes simplex infections

    • Herpetic gingivostomatitis

      • yellowish white debris builds on the mucosal surfaces causing halitosis

      • vesiculopustular lesions on perioral surfaces

      • anterior cervical and tonsillar LAD

      • symptoms last 5-14 days, but virus can be shed for weeks following resolution

    Primary herpes simplex infections2

    primary herpes simplex infections

    • Skin infections

      • fever, malaise, localized lesions, regional LAD

      • direct inoculation (usually cold sores)

      • lesions are deep, thick-walled, painful vesicles on an erythematous base - usually grouped, but may be single

      • lesions evolve over several days - pustular, coalesce, ulcerate, then crust over

    Primary herpes simplex infections3

    primary herpes simplex infections

    • Skin infections

      • most common sites are lips and fingers or thumbs (herpes whitlow)

      • eyelids and periorbital tissue infection can lead to keratoconjunctivitis - dx by dendritic ulcerations on slit lamp exam

        • can lead to visual impairment - consult ophtho

    Eczema herpeticum kaposi varicelliform eruption

    Eczema herpeticum (kaposi varicelliform eruption)

    • Onset of high fever, irritability, and discomfort

    • Lesions appear in crops in areas of currently or recently affected skin (for those with atopic eczema or chronic dermatitis)

    • Lesions begin as pustules, then rupture and crust over the course of a couple of days

    • Lesions can become hemorrhagic

    Eczema herpeticum kaposi varicelliform eruption1

    Eczema herpeticum (kaposi varicelliform eruption)

    • Multiple crops can appear over 7-10 days (like varicella)

    • Can be mild or fulminant, depending (in part) on the underlying dermatitis

    • If area of involvement is large, can be lots of fluid loss and potentially fatal

    • Treat promptly c acyclovir

    • Risk of secondary bacterial infections

    Eczema herpeticum kaposi varicelliform eruption2

    Eczema herpeticum (kaposi varicelliform eruption)

    Recurrent herpes simplex infection

    Recurrent herpes simplex infection

    • Triggers include fever, sunlight, local trauma, menses, emotional stress

    • Seen most commonly as cold sores

    • Prodrome of localized burning, itching or stinging before eruption of grouped vesicles

    Recurrent herpes simplex infection1

    recurrent herpes simplex infection

    • Vesicles contain yellow, serous fluid and are often smaller and less thick-walled than the primary lesions

    • Vesicular fluid becomes cloudy after 2-3 days, then crusts over

    • Regional, tender LAD

    Herpes zoster shingles

    herpes zoster (shingles)

    • Caused by varicella-zoster virus

    • After primary infection, virus lies dormant in genome of sensory nerve root cell

    • Postulated triggers include mechanical and thermal trauma, infection, debilitation as well as immunosuppression

    • Lesions are grouped, thin-walled vesicles on an erythematous base distributed along the course of a spinal or cranial nerve root (dermatome)

    Herpes zoster shingles1

    herpes zoster (shingles)

    • Lesions evolve from macule to papule to vesicle then crusted over a few days

    • May have associated nerve root pain - not common in pediatrics - usually short-lived unless it involves a cranial nerve root dermatome

    • +/- fever or constitutional symptoms

    • Regional LAD common

    Herpes zoster shingles2

    herpes zoster (shingles)

    • Thoracic, cervical, trigeminal, lumbar, facial nerve dermatomes (order of frequency)

    • If cranial nerve involvement - prodrome of severe HA, facial pain, or auricular pain prior to the eruption

    • Affected patients can transmit varicella, but less of a problem b/c lesions are often covered by clothing and the o/p is not involved in most cases

    Herpes zoster shingles3

    herpes zoster (shingles)

    Gianotti crosti syndrome

    gianotti-crosti syndrome

    • Papular acrodermatitis

    • Associated c amicteric hepatitis B, EBV, echovirus, coxasckievirus, parainfluenza virus, CMV, and RSV

    • Most patients between 1-6 years old (range 3 months to 15 years)

    • Prodrome of low-grade fever and malaise

    • May be associated c generalized LAD, hepatomegaly, URI symptoms, and diarrhea

    Gianotti crosti syndrome1

    gianotti-crosti syndrome

    • Lesions appear within a few days - discrete, firm, lichenois papules c flat tops ranging from 1-10 mm (larger in infants and smaller in older children)

    • Papules can be flesh colored, pink, red, dusky, coppery, or purpuric

    • Distributed symmetrically over extremities (including palms and soles), buttocks, and face - relative sparing of the trunk and scalp

    • No mucosal involvement and non-purtitic

    Gianotti crosti syndrome2

    gianotti-crosti syndrome

    • Usually clears in 2-3 weeks, but can last for 8 weeks or more

    • Lab studies are generally non-specific, but liver enzymes should be obtained and if abnormal - hepatitis B or EBV serology should be done

    • Treatment is supportive

    • Steroid creams contraindicated b/c they can make the rash worse

    Gianotti crosti syndrome3

    gianotti-crosti syndrome

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