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Am Fam Physician. 2001;64(4):570-571

In the article “Evaluating the Febrile Patient with a Rash” (August 15, 2000, page 804), the prodrome of erythema infectiosum is described on page 808 as possibly consisting of fever, anorexia, sore throat and abdominal pain, with the classic facial rash appearing once the fever resolves. Sore throat and abdominal pain should not be included in Table 2 (pages 806 and 807) in the column for diagnostic clues to erythema infectiosum, because these symptoms are not characteristic of that illness, although they may appear.

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