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Exanthema Subitum

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An acute, short-lived, viral disease of infants and young children characterized by a high fever at onset that drops to normal after 3-4 days and the concomitant appearance of a macular or maculopapular rash that appears first on the trunk and then spreads to other areas. It is the sixth of the classical exanthematous diseases and is caused by HHV-6 (HERPESVIRUS 6, HUMAN). The convulsions previously thought to be the result of the associated fever of roseola infantum are proably caused by direct infection of the meninges with the HHV6.

synonyms

Exanthema Subitum, Roseola Infantum, Sixth Disease, Three-Day-Fever Exanthem

UMLS

Disease, sixth, EXANTHEM SUBITUM, Exanthem, subitum, Exanthema Subitum, Exanthema, subitum, Pseudorubella, Roseola, Roseola Infantum, Roseola, infantum, Sixth Disease, Three day fever

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