Forchheimer spots

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Forchheimer spots are a fleeting enanthem seen as small, red spots (petechiae) on the soft palate in 20% of patients with rubella.[1] They precede or accompany the skin rash of rubella. They are not diagnostic of rubella, as similar spots can be seen in measles and scarlet fever.[2]

The sign is named after Frederick Forchheimer.


  1. ^ Robert Kliegman, Waldo E. Nelson, Hal B. Jenson, Karen J. Marcdante, M.D., Richard E. Behrman. Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, page 467. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4160-0159-1.
  2. ^ Amer Z. Aldeen, David H. Rosenbaum. 1,000 Questions to Help You Pass the Emergency Medicine Boards, page 303. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7817-7718-6.