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Ann Emerg Med. 1995 Jan;25(1):111-4.

Varicella: pediatric genital/rectal vesicular lesions of unclear origin.

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Department of Pediatrics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Abstract

Three children who presented with localized vesicular rash in the diaper area were found to have primary varicella-zoster infections. Primary varicella can closely mimic genital herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 or 2), which may be an indicator of sexual abuse. To avoid unfounded investigation for sexual abuse, primary varicella-zoster infection must be included in the differential diagnosis. Direct fluorescent antibody testing is a sensitive and specific diagnostic test that can be used to distinguish HSV 1 or 2 from varicella-zoster.

PMID:
7802360
DOI:
10.1016/s0196-0644(95)70365-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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