Henoch-Schönlein purpura is an
inflammatory vasculitis characterized by nonthrombocytopenic
petechiae/purpura, arthritis, gastrointestinal symptoms, and various
renal manifestations. Erysipelas is an infection involving a localized area
of the dermis and superficial lymphatic system and is caused by group
A ß-hemolytic streptococci. Ecthyma is an ulcerative skin lesion that
penetrates into the dermis. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an acute,
infectious disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii. Common manifestations
of the disease include fever, headache, and a characteristic rash.
Meningococcemia is a life-threatening infection, characterized by a rash
that is often generalized, with petechiae and purpura.
- Henoch-Schönlein purpura.
1. Zitelli BJ, Davis HW, editors. Atlas of pediatric physical diagnosis.
3rd ed. St. Louis: Mosby-Wolfe; 1997.
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