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Haemorrhagic rashes in children 

Haemorrhagic rashes in children
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Haemorrhagic rashes in children
Author(s):

Harith Al-Rawi

, and Fleur Cantle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199654093.003.0027
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date: 22 February 2020

This chapter provides a discussion of the specific challenges facing the emergency physician when dealing with a child presenting to the emergency department with a purpuric rash. Scoring systems which may assist in ruling out serious illness in children are presented.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions:consideration of the significance of a rash distributed over the superior vena cava territory; the usefulness of blood tests in excluding meningococcal disease; and the length of observation for such children.

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