Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Viral Rash Rubella Evaluation

The evaluation of rubella begins with a history and physical examination.

Initial physical findings in someone with rubella may include:

After several days, these symptoms go away and a rash develops.
Physical findings in someone with a rubella rash include:
  • Pink, flat, circular spots that start on the face
  • Spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs
  • Usually resolves within 4 days

Physical findings in someone with a serious rubella infection include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of rubella.

Tests that may be used to evaluate rubella include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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