Congenital Rubella Signs



“That deaf and dumb cat ate my blueberry muffin and stepped on my PDA”


~Dumb….Mental Retardation


~Blueberry Muffin…type of skin lesion seen

~PDA……..Patent Ductus Arteriosus



Rubber Ducky, I’m so blue!= Congenital signs of Rubella (German Measles)
Rubber= Rubella
Ducky = Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Deafness
I’m = Eyes (cataracts, retinopathy, micropthalmia, glaucoma)
So = Slow or growth and developmental retardation
Blue = Blueberry Muffin” purpura on skin

German measles is also called Rubella.  If a mom contract this during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, then the child can be born with congential rubella syndrome (CRS) which can be serious and devastating.  Miscarriage results in up to 20% of cases.  The Rubber Ducky I’m So Blue rhyme can help point out significant symptoms in neonates born with CRS.


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