Coxsackie Virus (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of Coxsackie virus infections?

Until recently, the general prognosis for most patients was excellent, with children making a complete recovery without needing any supportive care (hospitalization). However, this may be changing as evidenced by the outbreak in Alabama in 2011-2012 that required 12% percent of children hospitalized for supportive care. Only rarely do patients suffer poor outcomes with complications of meningitis, pericarditis, or encephalitis.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/23/2012

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