Fifth Disease (cont.)
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Fifth Disease Prognosis and Complications
Fifth disease produces mild symptoms that go away on their own. Complications may occur in people who have weakened immune systems (such as those infected with HIV, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, or taking immunosuppressive drugs). Complications are rare but may also occur to the unborn fetus in pregnant women. Women infected with parvovirus B19 can miscarry when the fetus becomes significantly swollen (a condition called hydrops fetalis).
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