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Key messages from a guideline
Management of petechial rash
  1. Rebecca A Dicks
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca A Dicks, Neonatal Department, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 0QP, UK; Rebecca.dicks{at}doctors.org.uk

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This National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) pathway, published in August 2014, focuses on the management of a child with a petechial rash. It is related to the 2010 NICE guideline for bacterial meningitis and meningococcal disease (CG102).1

  • Aims of the pathway

  • To ensure that meningococcal disease is considered as a differential diagnosis in children presenting with petechial rash, leading to prompt treatment

  • To differentiate between the management of petechial rash in a febrile versus afebrile child

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