Erythema Infectiosum: the Many Faces of Fifth Disease
JAAPA, 22(6), 42- 46, June 2009
Ellen D. Mandel, D.M.H., M.P.A., PA-C Physician Assistant Program
Fifth disease is a common childhood viral illness that poses a threat of few sequelae in the healthy child. However, the infection can masquerade as other disorders in patients of all ages, leading to misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and, at times, overtreatment. Clinician awareness of the many “costumes” worn by this viral infection is key to improved diagnosis and treatment for patients with the disease.