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Case Report

Pityriasis Rosea in Children: Clinical Features and Laboratory Investigations

Drago F.a · Ciccarese G.a · Broccolo F.b · Cozzani E.a · Parodi A.a

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aDepartment of Dermatology, DISSAL, IRCCS A.O.U. San Martino-IST, Genoa, and bDepartment of Health Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy

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Abstract of Case Report

Received: November 10, 2014
Accepted: February 26, 2015
Published online: May 12, 2015
Issue release date: June 2015

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DRM

Abstract

Pityriasis rosea (PR) is a common, self-limiting exanthematous disease associated with a systemic reactivation of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) and/or HHV-7. It usually occurs in the second or third decade of life whereas it is uncommon in patients younger than 10 years. We studied the clinical features and virological parameters of 31 children with PR, comparing them with those in adults. Our findings indicate that PR presents different characteristics between children and adults, mainly consisting of time lapse between herald patch and generalized eruption, duration of the exanthem, oropharyngeal involvement and persistence of HHV-6 and HHV-7 plasma viremia. Overall, these results suggest that, following HHV-6 and/or HHV-7 systemic active infection, the pathogenetic mechanisms involved in PR may at least partly be different in children and adults.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Received: November 10, 2014
Accepted: February 26, 2015
Published online: May 12, 2015
Issue release date: June 2015

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DRM


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