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Are there many complications with fifth disease?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms.
Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, mostly recover without complications and have immunity from re-infection. Complications can occur in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression. Occasionally, a woman infected in her first trimester may miscarry or have fetal anemia.

In brief: No
Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms.
Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, mostly recover without complications and have immunity from re-infection. Complications can occur in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression. Occasionally, a woman infected in her first trimester may miscarry or have fetal anemia.
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Dr. Jay Park
Individuals with hemolytic anemia, e.g., sickle cell anemia, spherocytosis, develop profound anemia, namely aplastic crisis. Newborns infected in utero may present with hydrops fetalis due to severe anemia or to congestive heart failure.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology
In brief: Yes
The main one is bone marrow aplasia-bone marrow does not make enough red blood cells.

In brief: Yes
The main one is bone marrow aplasia-bone marrow does not make enough red blood cells.
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