exanthem subitum


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exanthem subitum

[eg′zan·thəm ′sü·bəd·əm]
(medicine)
A mild, sometimes epidemic viral disease of young children, with abrupt onset, high fever, and rash. Also known as roseola infantum.
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Identification of human herpesvirus-6 as a causal agent for exanthem subitum.
Exanthem subitum complications, including seizures, hemiplegia, meningoencephalitis, or residual encephalopathy, illustrate HHV-6 neurotropism; HHV-6 commonly invades the brain during ES, even in cases of clinically asymptomatic infections.
Primary infection with HHV-6B causes roseola infantum or exanthem subitum, a common childhood disease that resolves spontaneously.