Generalized petechial eruption induced by parvovirus B19 infection

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 May;52(5 Suppl 1):S109-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2004.11.040.


Parvovirus infection classically causes erythema infectiosum. During the past 2 decades, other unusual skin eruptions have been noted in association with parvovirus infection. Papular purpuric gloves and socks syndrome is one form of parvovirus infection described mostly in white, young adult patients. Recently, there have been reports of a few patients with acropetechial syndrome consisting of a papular purpuric gloves and socks syndrome-like presentation with additional involvement of the perioral and chin area, temporally associated with acute parvovirus B19 infection. We report a case of a 7-year-old boy with serologic evidence of acute parvovirus B19 infection who developed a generalized petechial eruption with lesions concentrated on his extremities and face. We also reviewed the literature and summarized the various cutaneous presentations of parvovirus infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • Erythema Infectiosum / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / genetics
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / isolation & purification*
  • Purpura / pathology*
  • Purpura / virology*


  • DNA, Viral