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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Dermatology MCQs: Pleomorphic rash

Q. One is more likely to see a pleomorphic rash in a patient with:
A. Smallpox
B. Chicken pox
C. Erythema infectiosum
D. Erythema subitum

Answer B
1. Varicella, commonly known in the United States as chickenpox, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
2. The disease is generally regarded as a mild, self-limiting viral illness with occasional complications.
3. Varicella is common and highly contagious and affects nearly all susceptible children before adolescence.
4. The hallmark of the disease is the simultaneous presence of different stages of the rash.

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