Patient Encounter Part 1

A 25-year-old Caucasian man presents with itchy lesions on his scalp, chest, back, elbows, and knees. He says these lesions started about a month ago, and seem to be spreading. Upon examination, the lesions are well demarcated and are reddish-violet in color—easily distinguished from normal skin. They appeared raised and are covered with loose scales. Scales are silvery in color. Removing the scales caused pinpoints of bleeding to show up. There are signs of excoriation on the patient's chest.

What information is consistent with psoriasis in this patient?

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