two weeks of intermittent fever, body aches, and headache. He has sick contacts at home, who have all improved. His father gave him an antipyretic before leaving home, and the child feels better on arrival.
On examination, his vital signs are normal and his general exam is reassuring. He has some scattered palatal petechiae without exudate, and has a slightly enlarged right testicle without pain, erythema, or tenderness to palpation. He is comfortable and playing with his truck.
Which of the following would be MOST helpful to confirm his diagnosis?
A. Chest radiograph
B. Nasal aspirate assay
C. Complete blood count (CBC)
In the meantime, a quote –
From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.
– Catalan proverb