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September 1972

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease—It's More Common Than You Think

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC
From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(3):372-375. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110150070013

The oral-hand-foot syndrome caused principally by coxsackievirus A16 and known as hand-foot-and-mouth disease has become a common summer-fall complaint. The appearance and distribution of lesions in the full syndrome is highly characteristic and readily diagnosable to those physicians familiar with it. Fortunately, the infection rarely causes severe or lingering disease. Symptomatic treatment, particularly of the oral lesions, is often helpful in alleviating the associated discomfort.

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