Coxsackie virus

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Coxsackie Virus



Coxsackie A virus
Coxsackie B virus
Coxsackie B4 virus

Differential Diagnosis


Coxsackie (virus) is a cytolytic virus of the picornaviridae family, an enterovirus (a group containing the polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, and echoviruses). There are 61 non-polio enteroviruses that can cause disease in humans, of which 23 are coxsackie A viruses (6 are Coxsackie B viruses). Enterovirus are the second most common viral infectious agents in humans (after the rhinoviruses)


Coxsackie viruses consist of coxsackie A virus and coxsackie B virus. Coxsackie B virus has 6 serotypes, one of the significant serotypes is called coxsackie B4 virus.

Coxsackie Virus
Coxsackie A virus
Coxsackie B virus[1]
Common Coxsackie B virus diseases
Coxsackie B4 virus diseases
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis
Aseptic meningitis
Pericardial effusion
Sjogren's syndorme
Diabetes mellitus
• Acute flaccid myelitis[2]

Differential Diagnosis

Coxsackie A virus and coxsackie B virus can cause multiple diseases in humans. The wide array of diseases caused by coxsackie viruses can be differentiated from one another easily on the basis of involvement of the organs systems, clinical presentation and diagnostic techniques.

Virus Type Disease Clinical Features Diagnosis Image
Coxscakie A virus Hand foot and mouth disease Hand foot and mouth disease
Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis
  • Rapidly progressive
  • Infection starts ipsilaterally, but rapidly involves the fellow eye within 1 or 2 days
  • Eyelids swelling
  • Tearing
  • Eye redness
  • Severe eye pain
  • Purulent discharge
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhage
Viral conjunctivitis
  • Primarily clinical
  • Pharyngeal viral cultures may be helpful
  • Approximately 1 week after infection, type-specific antibodies appear in the blood
Aseptic Meningitis
Coxsackie B virus Pericarditis Pericarditis
Myocarditis Viral myocarditis
Pericardial effusion
  • Clinical
  • Thoracic X-ray showing the presence of an enlarged cardiac silhouette with clear lungs
  • CT scan
Pericardial effusion
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Attacks of severe pain in the lower chest, often on one side
  • Pleuritic pain with the slightest movement of the rib cage
  • Dyspnea
  • Very few have classic muscle pain in the chest and upper abdomen
  • May be accompanied by a panic attack
Sjogren's syndrome Sjogren's syndrome

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Coxsackie virus oral lesions must be differentiated from other mouth lesions such as oral candidiasis and aphthous ulcer

Oral Involvement

Oral lesions of coxackie virus infection must be differentiated from other diseases causing oral lesions such as leukoplakia and herpes simplex virus infection.

Disease Presentation Risk Factors Diagnosis Affected Organ Systems Important features Picture
Diseases predominantly affecting the oral cavity
Oral Candidiasis
  • Denture users
  • As a side effect of medication, most commonly having taken antibiotics. Inhaled corticosteroids for the treatment of lung conditions (e.g, asthma or COPD) may also result in oral candidiasis which may be reduced by regularly rinsing the mouth with water after taking the medication.
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Confirmatory tests rarely needed
Localized candidiasis

Invasive candidasis

Tongue infected with oral candidiasis - By James Heilman, MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=11717223.jpg
Herpes simplex oral lesions
  • Stress
  • Recent URTI
  • Female sex
  • The symptoms of primary HSV infection generally resolve within two weeks
Oral herpes simplex infection - By James Heilman, MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=19051042.jpg
Aphthous ulcers
  • Painful, red spot or bump that develops into an open ulcer
  • Physical examination
  • Diagnosis of exclusion
  • Oral cavity
  • Self-limiting , Pain decreases in 7 to 10 days, with complete healing in 1 to 3 weeks
Apthous ulcer on the lower surface of the tongue - By Ebarruda - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.orgwindex.phpcurid=7903358
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma - By Luca Pastore, Maria Luisa Fiorella, Raffaele Fiorella, Lorenzo Lo Muzio -, CC BY 2.5,
  • Vulvar lesions occur independent of oral lesions
Leukoplakia - By Aitor III - Own work, Public Domain,
Oral melanoma - By Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Dionysios E Kyrmizakis, Emmanouil I Drivas, Anastassios V Koutsopoulos, Stylianos G Malandrakis, Charalambos E Skoulakis and John G Bizakis - Symvoulakis et al. Head & Face Medicine 2006 2:7 doi:10.1186/1746-160X-2-7 (Open Access), [1], CC BY-SA 2.0,
Fordyce spots
Fordyce spots - Por Perene - Obra do próprio, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Burning mouth syndrome
Torus palatinus
Torus palatinus - By Photo taken by dozenist, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Diseases involving oral cavity and other organ systems
Behcet's disease
Behcet's disease - By Ahmet Altiner MD, Rajni Mandal MD -, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Crohn's disease
oral syphilis - By CDC/Susan Lindsley -, Public Domain,
Coxsackie virus
  • Symptomatic treatment
Coxsackie virus stomatitis - Adapted from Dermatology Atlas.[7]
Chicken pox
Chickenpox - By James Heilman, MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
  • Unvaccinated individuals[8][9]
  • Crowded and/or unsanitary conditions
  • Traveling to less developed and developing countries
  • Immunocompromized
  • Winter and spring seasons
  • Born after 1956 and never fully vaccinated
  • Health care workers
Koplick spots (Measles) - By CDC -, Public Domain,
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