2018, Number 3
An Med Asoc Med Hosp ABC 2018; 63 (3)
Ortiz ROE, Álvarez II, Rodríguez WLO, Crespo SD
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ABSTRACTScarlet fever is a common pediatric infection caused by toxins from group A beta hemolytic streptococci, which are found in secretions of nose, ear, throat and skin. It usually occurs after an upper respiratory tract infection. Morbidity and mortality have declined dramatically due to improved socioeconomic conditions and the introduction of antibiotics. We report a 12-year-old boy with scarlet fever associated with icteric hepatitis. The frequency of hepatitis in children with scarlet fever is unknown but appears to be rare, and its pathogenesis unknown. Pediatric doctors who treat group A beta hemolytic streptococci infections should be aware of possible hepatic involvement.