Author | William M. Mcdonnell, MD, JD


An Intriguing Diagnosis

December 31, 2006

A 12-month-old previously healthy boypresented to the pediatric emergencydepartment (ED) with a 10-day historyof fever, irritability, and anorexia.The patient’s mother had originallynoted the development of 3 erythematouspapules on the patient’s back, leftaxilla, and chest; these were followedby the onset of daily fevers, with temperaturesranging from 38.8°C to41.1°C (102°F to 106°F). The lesionsgrew progressively larger and erythematous,and became ulceratedwith central eschars.