An early symptom indicating the onset of a disease or illness.
- Classic outbreaks consist of a skin prodrome and possible constitutional symptoms such as headache, fever, and inguinal lymphadenopathy.
- For the majority of transplant recipients, a prodrome of fever, malaise, and myalgias frequently precedes the onset of pneumonitis, which is heralded by nonproductive cough and dyspnea.
- Patients usually recall a nonspecific prodrome of malaise, fever, and chest pain, especially in viral or idiopathic pericarditis.
Early 17th century: from French, from modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos 'precursor', from pro 'before' + dromos 'running'.
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