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December 1999

The Spectrum of Cutaneous Eruptions in 22 Patients With Isolated Serological Evidence of Infection by Parvovirus B19

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(12):1556-1557. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-12-dlt1299

It is widely known that human parvovirus B19 (B19) can cause a number of dermatological1-4 and systemic problems.5 Erythema infectiosum1 and papular-purpuric "gloves and socks" syndrome2 commonly occur in B19-infected patients as dermatological features. In the present study, we report the clinical features of 22 adult patients with IgM antibodies positive to B19. Eight cases revealed reticular erythema. Maculopapular eruptions similar to rubella occurred in 7 other cases. Petechiae and purpura not limited to the gloves and socks lesions occurred in the remaining 7 cases.