Maternal / Newborn Question #57


A 4-year-old has been exposed to fifth disease (erythema infectiosum). During the clinic assessment the nurse finds which characteristic signs that substantiate the diagnosis?


  1. Fine rash scattered on trunk
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  2. Intense redness of both cheeks and extremities
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  3. Low grade fever and vesicular lesions over scalp, face, and trunk
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  4. Maculopapular rash with 3-days of fever.
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The correct answer is B. Classic symptoms of erythema infectiosum starts with intense facial redness. Selection A may indicate scarlet fever; Selection C may represent varicella; and Selection D may represent roseola.

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