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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is defined by its clinical features and the almost invariable presence of autoantibodies directed against certain components of cell nuclei. U The immunological features of SLE are the lupus erythematosus cell, antinuclear antibodies, immune complexes, complement activation, tissue deposition of immunoglobulins and complement, and other autoantibodies. A nonspecific B-cell polyclonal activation may be responsible for the initiation of the disease however, evidence of antigen-specific activation of antibody production also exists. Both of these mechanisms likely operate simultaneously to bring about manifestations of the disease. y Additionally, the linkage of certain antibodies with particular human leukocyte antigen (HLA) loci and a 30 to 50 percent coincidence of SLE in monozygotic twins suggest a genetic factor in the pathogenesis of the disease. y TABLE 50-6 -- CRITERIA FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF SYSTEMIC LUPUS...

Episcleritis Clinical Summary

Episcleritis is a common, benign inflammatory condition of the episclera. It most often affects young adults. Most cases are idiopathic, though up to a third may be associated with systemic conditions, and some cases may also be caused by exogenous irritants or inflammatory stimuli. Associated systemic disorders include gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and herpes zoster. The symptoms, which include foreign body sensation, mild pain, photophobia, and lacrimation, are generally self-limited. Visual acuity is normal.

Erythema Nodosum

Erythema nodosum is an acute inflammatory process involving the fatty tissue layer underlying the skin (pan-niculitis). The condition is more frequently seen in women, and although often idiopathic, many cases are associated with streptococcal infections of the upper respiratory tract, drugs such as estrogens oral contraceptives, sarcoidosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Other, less frequent bacterial causes include tuberculosis, brucellosis, mycoplasma, and chlamydia. Fungal infections such as blastomycosis and his-toplasmosis may also cause erythema nodosum. Rare causes are Behcet's disease, acute myelogenous leukemia, and Hodgkin's disease.


Rosacea, sometimes called acne rosacea, is an inflammatory disease with unknown etiology. Various facial manifestations occur, and symptoms differ from patient to patient. The four types of rosacea are erythematotelangiectatic, papu-lopustular, phymatous, and ocular. Patients may have overlapping features of more than one type. The predominant manifesting complaints of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea are intermittent central facial flushing and erythema. Itching is often absent however, many patients complain of a stinging pain associated with flushing episodes. Common triggers include exposure to the sun, cold weather, sudden emotion including laughter or embarrassment, hot beverages, spicy foods, and alcohol consumption. Papulopustular rosacea presents with acnelike papules and sterile pustules and can occur alone or in combination with the erythema and telangiectasias (Fig. 33-26). Intermittent or chronic facial edema may also occur in all forms. Some patients develop rhinophyma,...

Dacryocystitis Clinical Summary

Dacryocystitis is inflammation of the medial lacrimal apparatus, which usually follows occlusion of the nasolacrimal duct. Age distribution is bimodal, with peaks in infancy and after 40 years. Clinical findings include, pain, erythema, and swelling over the medical lacrimal apparatus, tearing, and possibly mucopurulent discharge from the punctum. Dacryocystitis may develop in 4 to 7 of newborn infants who do not yet have a patent nasolacrimal passage, and may progress to periorbital cellulitis. Commonly implicated organisms include S aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenza, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa .

Scleritis Clinical Summary

The trigeminal nerve, as well as tearing and photophobia. There may be sectorial or diffuse involvement, with intense redness of the affected area. Bilateral involvement occurs in over half of cases. Sectorial scleritis may mimic the less-threatening condition episcleritis however, in scleritis, the dilated blood vessels do not move with movement of the overlying conjunctiva with a cotton-tipped applicator, and do not blanch with topical 2.5 phenylephrine drops. The associated pain often responds poorly to topical anesthetic drops, and the globe is notably tender on palpation. Associated iritis and keratitis are common, and secondary glaucoma may occur these may cause decreased visual acuity.

Corneal Ulcer Clinical Summary

Patient with corneal ulcers report pain, photophobia, decreased vision, discharge, and a foreign-body sensation. The ulcer appears as a corneal stromal infiltrate associated with conjunctival hyperemia, ciliary flush, a miotic pupil, and chemosis, along with lid edema and erythema. Slit-lamp microscopy reveals fluorescein uptake over the epithelial defect. The anterior chamber may have cells and flare, keratic precipitates, or frank hypopyon.

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Therefore, long-acting nitrates are relatively contraindicated in these conditions. Because life-threatening hypotension may occur with concomitant use of nitrates and phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, nitrates should not be used within 24 hours of taking sildenafil or vardenafil or within 48 hours of taking tadalafil. Skin erythema and inflammation may occur with transdermal nitroglycerin administration and may be minimized by rotating the application site.

Associated Medical Findings

Proptosis or periorbital fullness suggests an orbital process such as Graves' disease, orbital meningioma, or orbital pseudotumor. The patient's general appearance may suggest an underlying chromosomal, endocrinological, or metabolic disorder. For instance, the disfiguring frontal bossing and enlargement of the mandible and hands are characteristic of acromegaly associated with a growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma. The heart rate, blood pressure, and carotid and cardiac examinations are important in any patient with a possible ischemic event. Patients with pseudotumor cerebri tend to be young females with obesity or a history of recent weight gain. Skin lesions such as erythema migrans (Lyme disease) or malar rash (systemic lupus erythematosus), and abnormal discolorations, such as cafe(c)-au-lait spots and axillary freckling (neurofibromatosis), or hypopigmented ash-leaf spots (tuberous sclerosis) also may be helpful in guiding the evaluation of patients with visual...

Description of Lesions

Erythema nodosum It is not essential for the examiner to make a definitive diagnosis of all skin disease. A careful description of the lesion, the pattern of distribution, and the arrangement of the lesion often points to a group of related disease states with similar manifesting dermatologic signs (e.g., confluent macular rashes, bullous diseases, grouped vesicles, papular rashes on an erythematous base). For example, grouped urticarial lesions with a central depression are suggestive of insect bites. Figure 8-24 lists the terms used to describe the configurations of lesions.

Evaluation Guidelines Table95

AT, Ataxia-telangiectasia CSF, cerebrospinal fluid CT, computed tomography EMG, electromyography HD, Huntington's disease HIV, human immunodeficiency virus MG, myasthenia gravis MRA, magnetic resonance angiography MRI, magnetic resonance imaging N A, not applicable NCV, nerve conduction velocity TFTs, thyroid function tests. AT, Ataxia-telangiectasia CSF, cerebrospinal fluid CT, computed tomography EMG, electromyography HD, Huntington's disease HIV, human immunodeficiency virus MG, myasthenia gravis MRA, magnetic resonance angiography MRI, magnetic resonance imaging N A, not applicable NCV, nerve conduction velocity TFTs, thyroid function tests.

Extraintestinal Manifestations and Complications of IBD

Patients may manifest signs and symptoms of disease in areas outside the GI tract. These extraintestinal manifestations may occur in various body regions.5,13 Painful joint complications associated with IBD include sacroiliitis and ankylosing spondylitis. Ocular involvement with episcleritis, uveitis, or iritis may manifest as blurred vision, eye pain, and photophobia. Associated skin findings include pyoderma gan-grenosum (involving papules and vesicles that develop into painful ulcerations) and erythema nodosum (red nodules of varying size typically found on the lower extremities). Nephrolithiasis may also develop at a higher rate in patients with IBD. Oxalate stones are more common in CD, and uric acid-containing stones are more common in UC.13

Gingival Abscess Periodontal Abscess Clinical Summary

Gingival abscesses tend to involve the marginal gingiva and result from entrapment of food and plaque debris in a gingival pocket. Subsequent staphylococcal, streptococcal, anaerobic, or mixed bacterial overgrowth leads to abscess formation. Localized swelling, erythema, tenderness, and possible fluctuance in the space between the tooth and the gingiva (the so-called pocket) ensue. There may be spontaneous purulent drainage from the gingival margin, or an area of pointing (purulent material seen through thin mucosa) may be seen. In cases of acute gingival abscess formation, pus may be expressed

Buccal Space Abscess Clinical Summary

The buccal space lies between the buccinator muscle and the overlying superficial fascia and skin. The maxillary second and third molars are the usual nidus of disease. Infection from the involved teeth erodes either superiorly through the maxillary alveolar bone, or rarely, inferiorly from the third mandibular molar through the mandibular alveolar bone into the buccal space. These patients present with unilateral facial swelling, redness, and tenderness of the cheek. Trismus is generally not present. Parotid gland enlargement due to mumps and suppurative bacterial parotitis should also be considered. The former lacks erythema and warmth of the overlying skin, while the latter is accompanied by trismus and purulent drainage from the Stensen duct. Inspection of all the maxillary and third mandibular molar teeth is essential to help make the diagnosis. CT scan can aid in localizing the infection.

Sulfoxides and similar solvents

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a powerful aprotic solvent that is colorless, odorless, and hygroscopic. Studies have demonstrated that DMSO is effective in promoting the permeation of a number of hydrophilic and lipophilic permeants. It has been found to enhance the permeation of beta blockers (Kai et al., 1993) and ephedrine hydrochloride (Singh et al., 1993). The enhancer effect is reported to be concentration dependent, with concentrations greater than 60 required to show optimum efficacy (Williams and Barry, 2004). However, erythema and wheals of the stratum corneum have been reported at these relatively high concentrations ofDMSO, which have also resulted in protein denaturation (Anigbogu et al., 1995). Human volunteer studies have demonstrated erythema, scaling, contact urticaria, stinging and burning sensations, and some systemic symptoms (Kligman, 1965). The skin penetration mechanisms of the aprotic solvents, and DMSO in particular, are complex. Upon application to human skin,...

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome Clinical Summary

This symptom complex develops from obstruction of venous drainage from the upper body, resulting in increased venous pressure, which leads to dilation of the collateral circulation. Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is most commonly caused by malignant mediastinal tumors. Dyspnea swelling of the face, upper extremities, and trunk chest pain, cough, or headache may be present. Physical findings include dilation of collateral veins of the trunk and upper extremities, facial edema and erythema (plethora), cyanosis, and tachypnea.

Umbilical Hernia Clinical Summary

Incidence of incarceration, with smaller defects resulting in more pronounced symptoms and an increased incidence of incarceration. Pain is located in the area of the fascial defect. Contents of the hernia may be palpable and tender. Symptoms of obstruction (nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention) may be present. If the hernia becomes strangulated, erythema of the overlying skin with fever and hypotension may occur.

Fournier Gangrene Clinical Summary

Fournier gangrene most frequently occurs in a middle-aged diabetic male who presents with swelling, erythema, and severe pain of the entire scrotum, but it is also known to occur in females. In males, the scrotal contents often cannot be palpated because of the marked inflammation. The patient has constitutional symptoms with fever and frequently is in shock. There is often a history of recent urethral instrumentation, an indwelling Foley catheter, or perirectal disease. A localized area of fluctuance cannot be appreciated.

Balanoposthitis Clinical Summary

Balanoposthitis is an infection and inflammation of the glans penis that also involves the overlying foreskin (prepuce). Balanitis is isolated to the glans, whereas posthitis involves only the prepuce. Pain, erythema, and edema of the affected parts of the penis are typically present. Patients may refrain from urination

The Tooth Becomes Nonvital

Unfortunately, about 4-8 of crowned teeth become nonvital in the first 10 years following tooth preparation. A further unknown percentage was probably nonvital before crown preparation of the tooth began, but this can be avoided by assessing the tooth clinically and radiographically. Swelling or erythema of the apical tissues, fistulae, and a tooth that is tender to percussion are all indicative of an endodontic complication that requires further investigation. A prolonged patient response with thermal tests such as ethyl chloride applied on a pledget of cotton wool or warm gutta percha is indicative of irreversible pulpitis. The water spray coolant must be directed to the bur during crown preparation, to prevent overheating of the tooth and pulpal necrosis.

Clinical Presentation

Sarcoidosis typically presents in early adulthood, between ages 20 and 40. Although the disease is systemic, a spectrum of clinical manifestations may suggest the prognosis. The onset of fever, arthralgias, bilateral hilar adenopathy on chest radiograph, and a raised, reddish skin lesion along the anterior tibial surfaces (erythema nodosum) characterize Lofgren's syndrome, an acute, self-limiting form of sarcoidosis that often undergoes spontaneous remission and has a favorable prognosis. The insidious onset of dyspnea, dry cough, hilar adenopathy and infiltrates on chest film, new skin lesions of the trunk and extremities, and complaints of recent vision changes characterize a chronic progressive form of sarcoidosis marked by multiple flares of disease requiring repeated treatment throughout the patient's lifetime.

Radiation Therapy

Complications associated with radiation therapy can be divided into two time frames acute effects occurring during or shortly after treatment, and late effects occurring months to years after completion of treatment. Acute side effects in adults are usually more pronounced than in children and consist of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, alopecia, skin erythema, significant

Vaginitis Clinical Summary

Candidal vaginitis is characterized by a thick, curdy, white discharge and vulvar discomfort. Intense vulvar erythema, pruritus, or burning is often present. A microscopic slide prepared with 10 potassium hydroxide yielding characteristic branch chain hyphae and spores establishes the diagnosis (Fig. 25.13). The pH of the discharge is less than 4.5. Predisposing factors that should be considered include oral contraceptive, anti biotic, or corticosteroid use pregnancy and diabetes. Sexually transmitted diseases are not usually associated with isolated candidal vaginitis. Trichomonas vaginitis presents as a persistent, thin, copious discharge that is often frothy, green, or foul-smelling. The pH of these secretions is greater than 4.5. The amount of vaginal and cervical erythema and inflammation varies considerably thus the diagnosis depends on the presence of motile flagellates on normal saline wet-mount microscopy. Occasionally, multiple petechiae on the vaginal wall (strawberry...

Inflammatory Neck Masses

Cervical lymphadenitis can be caused by atypical myco-bacteria, which may appear as a subcutaneous abscess with erythematous overlying skin (Fig. 19-9). Treatment includes excisional biopsy and appropriate antibiotics according to culture sensitivities. Incisional drainage is contraindicated and can cause chronic fistulization. Figure 19-9 Photograph showing cervical adenitis with overlying skin erythema in a young child. Cultures revealed atypical mycobacteria. Figure 19-9 Photograph showing cervical adenitis with overlying skin erythema in a young child. Cultures revealed atypical mycobacteria.

Inflammatory Disorders

Acute sialoadenitis is a common cause of painful enlargement of the parotid and submandibular glands. The organism is usually S. aureus, but it can also be caused by S. pneumoniae and other bacteria. The infection is secondary to salivary stasis caused by decreased production (dehydration, poor oral hygiene) or intrinsic or extrinsic obstruction (stones, strictures, masses). Patients present with exquisite tenderness over the gland, fever, and sometimes skin erythema. Purulence can be expressed from the duct with manual massage of the gland. Treatment includes antistaphylococcal antibiotics, adequate hydration, massage of the gland, sialagogues, and warm compresses. Abscess can occur and requires incision and drainage.

Clenched Fist Injury Fight Bite Clinical Summary

The clenched fist injury classically occurs during a fight when the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint contacts human teeth, resulting in a laceration. Many patients will not divulge the true circumstances surrounding the injury therefore all wounds at the MCP joint must be considered a clenched fist injury until proven otherwise. These wounds occur most often in the dominant hand. Serious complications can result, including infection, loss of function, and amputation. Most wounds are polymicrobial. Patients who present initially may have little evidence of intraarticular injury on physical examination, whereas those who present more than 18 hours after injury are more likely to have evidence of infection, including pain, swelling, erythema, and purulent drainage.

The Inflammatory Response

Meability and influx of phagocytic cells (Fig. 24.1). Vasodilatation occurs as the vessels constrict, resulting in engorgement of the capillary network, causing tissue redness or erythema and increased tissue temperature, whilst increased capillary permeability enables influx of fluid and cells from the capillaries into the tissue. The accumulating fluid exudate has a high protein content and its accumulation contributes to the tissue swelling (oedema). The increased capillary permeability also helps migration of leucocytes into the tissues, particularly phagocytes. Movement of phagocytic cells involves a complex series of events, including margination or adherence of cells to the endothelial cell wall, extravasation or movement of the cells between the capillary cell walls into the tissue, and chemotaxis, the migration of the cells through the tissue to the site of inflammation. The process of white cell margination is a carefully regulated process involving molecules termed adhesion...

Cellulitis Clinical Summary

Cellulitis, an infection of the skin or subcutaneous tissues, is common. The characteristic findings are erythema with poorly defined borders, edema, warmth, pain, and limitation of movement. Fever and constitutional symptoms may be present and are commonly associated with bacteremia. Predisposing factors include trauma, lymphatic or venous stasis, immunodeficiency (including diabetes mellitus), and foreign bodies. Common etiologic organisms include group A 13-hemolytic Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus in nonintertriginous skin, and gram-negative organisms or mixed flora in intertriginous skin and ulcerations. In immunocompromised hosts, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, Enterobacter species, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are common agents. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant S aureus (CA-MRSA), particularly in cellulitis associated with a cutaneous abscess. The differential diagnosis includes deep...

Polymorphous Low Grade Adenocarcinoma PLGA

Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma is a malignant tumor that is predominately restricted to minor salivary glands. The tumors are distinguished by bland, uniform nuclear features varied but distinctive architecture invasive growth and perineural infiltration (Ellis and Auclair 1996). PLGAs have been reported to represent -11 of all tumors of salivary glands and -26 of malignant neoplasms. PLGAs characteristically emerge as solid, nontender swellings of the mucosa of the hard and soft palates, buccal mucosa, or upper lip. Soreness, hemorrhage, telangiectasia, or ulceration have been associated with these lesions (Ellis and Auclair 1996). These tumors are slowly progressive salivary gland neoplasms with an apparent survival approaching 80 at 25 years (Evans and Luna 2000). Noteworthy is that since some of these tumors may behave capriciously, the qualifying term low-grade may be deceptive and the term polymorphous adenocarcinoma is preferable (Speight and Barrett 2002).

Advantages And Limitations Of Iontophoresis

Advantages of the iontophoresis technique are accompanied by limitations ofthe procedure, the most obvious being the potential for irritation and pain on application of the electric current. Although the technique is considered safe, increasing the intensity of the applied current can lead to skin irritation, burning, blisters, necrosis, and erythema (Ledger, 1992 Burton, 1995). In addition, iontophoresis is usually restricted to compounds that can be formulated in their ionic form. For ionic compounds, the pH of the skin is not the same in the deeper layers as it is at the surface, and changes (from 4 to 7.3) are encountered during transdermal transport. This may lead to ineffective iontophoresis for some molecules due to the effect of pH on ioni-zation. This phenomenon may be especially relevant for proteins and peptides where charge is an important factor in their delivery and stability. Effective iontophoretic transport of charged species may also be affected by an ioncompetition...

Raynaud Disease Clinical Summary

A typical episode usually starts suddenly with the onset of cold digits associated with sharply demarcated color changes. The skin may be white or blue initially. With rewarming, the skin develops erythema due to a reactive hyperemia. The vasospasm may last for several hours, but usually resolves with removal of the initial stimulus. The nomenclature for the disease differs somewhat, but in general it is called Raynaud disease, or primary Raynaud phenomenon, if these symptoms occur without evidence of any other associated disease process. In contrast, secondary Raynaud phenomenon occurs when the symptoms occur in association with a related disease process such as systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma.

Drug Eruptions Clinical Summary

Exanthematous drug eruptions are an adverse hypersensitivity reaction. This symmetric, pruritic, morbilliform, blanching, erythematous eruption is the most frequent of cutaneous drug eruptions. The initially pruritic macules or papules usually become confluent and may progress to an exfoliative dermatitis. Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), a type of drug eruption, presents 1 to 5 days after starting a new medication. Typically, a E> -lactam or a macrolide antibiotic is implicated. A fever is usually noted with neutrophilia (90 of patients) and eosinophilia (30 of patients). The rash begins with scarlatiniform erythema and quickly becomes generalized, primarily to the head, neck, and trunk. Sterile, nonfollicular pustules develop quickly and are usually less than 5 mm in diameter. Over the next 2 to 4 days, widespread superficial desquamation occurs. (This contrasts with the entire epidermal sloughing of SJS TEN.) Mucosal sites, especially oral mucosa, can be...

Emergency Department Treatment and Disposition

The appearance of AGEP, with pustules, fever, and neutrophilia is difficult to distinguish from an infectious etiology. Treatment is supportive care. The large surface area of desquamation makes secondary infection a major concern, especially in those with comorbidities, the elderly and bedridden patients. A burn ICU may be required if there is significant skin breakdown beyond the superficial desquamation. Differentiation from cellulitis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis may require a skin biopsy and dermatologic consultation. Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis. Note the large pustule (sterile) and surrounding smaller pustules. This will eventually slough off and leave a superficial, erythematous erosion. (Photo contributor J. Matthew Hardin, MD.)

Clinicopathologic Correlations

Diabetes has been associated with many skin disorders. The cutaneous hallmark of diabetes is a waxy, yellow or reddish-brown, sharply demarcated, plaquelike lesion known as necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum. These lesions are classically found on the anterior surface of the lower legs. They are shiny and atrophic, with marked telangiectasia over their surface. The lesions have a tendency to ulcerate, and the ulcers, once present, heal very slowly. Necrobiosis lipoi-dica diabeticorum often predates the development of frank diabetes. The severity of the cutaneous lesion is not related to the severity of the diabetes. Figure 15-15 shows necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum Figure 15-16 is a close-up photograph of the lesion in another patient with diabetes. Deep vein thrombosis of a lower extremity is diagnosed when there is unilateral marked swelling, venous distention, erythema, pain, increased warmth, and tenderness. There is often resistance to dorsiflexion of the ankle. Calf swelling...

Differential Diagnosis

Patients usually present with hemiscrotal pain which is acute and severe. The differential diagnosis of scrotal pain includes torsion of appendix testis, epididymi-tis, and epididymoorchitis. Torsion of the appendix may present with a tender nodule and a bluish black spot (blue dot) on the upper pole of the testicle, epididymitis with localized tenderness of the epididymis, and edematous scrotal skin like orange peel and a normal testicle. Epididymoorchitis is characterized by scrotal and testicular pain, tenderness, edema, and erythema 50, 64 .

The risk to the individual

Skin infections of different kinds are common in sports, usually in the form of infected chafing sores, athlete's foot, infected eczema and plantar warts. Dermal borreliosis (erythema migrans in Lyme disease) is common among sportsmen who are exposed to ticks. Myocarditis is a rare but well-known complication of borreliosis. Sometimes even minor skin infections, on account of their location, can form a hindrance to sports activities and in occasional cases can constitute a port of entry for bacteria that give rise to septicemia. Small superficial skin infections are seldom contraindications to training and competitions. One exception is herpes infection in the skin, particularly in wrestlers. During wrestling viruses can easily be transmitted to other wrestlers via skin lesions.

Neonatal Mastitis Clinical Summary

Neonatal mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that occurs in full-term neonates with a peak incidence in the third week of life. Females are affected more often than males in a 2 1 distribution. Clinically it manifests as swelling, induration, erythema, warmth, and tenderness of the affected breast. In some cases purulent discharge may be expressed from the nipple. Fever may be present in 25 to 40 of affected patients. Bacteremia is rare. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common pathogen

Roseola Infantum Exanthem Subitum Clinical Summary

This is followed by defervescence and the appearance of the typical exanthem which is composed of erythematous macules and papules on the trunk, neck, proximal extremities, and occasionally the face. The rash fades in a few days. The causative agent in most cases is human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6). The differential diagnosis includes common viruses such as measles, rubella, parvovirus B19, or infectious mononucleosis. Bacterial infections (eg, scarlet fever), drug reactions, and other skin conditions such as guttate psoriasis, papular urticaria, and erythema multiforme are also included in the differential.

Cold Panniculitis Popsicle Panniculitis Clinical Summary

Cold panniculitis represents acute cold injury to the subcutaneous fat. It manifests as erythematous, indurated plaques on exposed skin, especially the perioral areas and cheeks. Lesions appear 24 to 72 hours after exposure to cold and gradually soften and return to normal over 1 to 2 weeks usually without permanent sequelae. This phenomenon is caused by subcutaneous fat solidification and necrosis when exposed to low temperature. It is much more common in infants. It is believed to occur because of the inherent properties of infants' fat containing higher concentrations of saturated fatty acids. The differential diagnosis includes facial cellulitis, frostbite, trauma, pressure erythema, giant urticaria, and contact dermatitis.

Urticaria Clinical Summary

Acute urticaria (defined as < 6 weeks duration) is a common condition of childhood caused by histamine release associated with an infection, an insect sting or bite, or ingestion of certain foods or medications. It is characterized by the sudden onset of pruritic, transient, erythematous, well-circumscribed wheals scattered over the body. The lesions blanch with pressure and may vary from pinpoint size to several centimeters in diameter. They can have a central clearing or associated tense edema. Individual lesions usually resolve in 1 to 3 hours, and most urticarial reactions last 24 to 48 hours. On rare occasions, they may take weeks to resolve. Infrequently, there may be systemic reactions such as wheezing, stridor, or angioedema. The differential diagnosis includes erythema multiforme, Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP), arthropod bites, contact dermatitis, reactive erythemas, allergic vasculitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mastocytosis, and pityriasis rosea.

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome Clinical Summary

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome most commonly affects infants and children less than 5 years of age and is caused by an exfoliative exotoxin-producing strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Initial presentation includes fever, malaise, and irritability following an upper respiratory infection with pharyngitis or conjunctivitis. Patients develop a diffuse faint erythematous rash that becomes tender to touch. Crusting around the mouth, eyes, and neck is not uncommon. Within 2 to 3 days, the upper layers of epidermis may be easily removed finally flaccid bullae develop with subsequent exfoliation of the skin. In young patients, this exfoliation may involve a large surface area with significant fluid and electrolyte losses. The differential diagnosis includes toxic epidermal necrolysis, exfoliative erythroderma, bullous erythema multiforme, bullous pemphigoid, bullous impetigo, sunburn, acute mercury poisoning, toxic shock syndrome, and epidermolysis bullosa.

Blistering Distal Dactylitis Clinical Summary

Blistering distal dactylitis is a cellulitis of the fingertip caused by Group A 3-hemolytic streptococci or Staphylococcus aureus infection in children from infancy to teenage years. The typical lesion is a fluid-filled, painful, tense blister with surrounding erythema located over the volar fat pad on the distal portion of a finger or toe. Polymorphonuclear leukocytes and gram-positive cocci can be found in the Gram stain of the purulent exudate from the lesion. The differential diagnosis includes bullous impetigo, burns, friction blisters, and herpetic whitlow.

Henochschonlein Purpura Clinical Summary

Also known as anaphylactoid purpura, Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is a systemic vasculitis of small vessels characterized by 2- to 10-mm erythematous hemorrhagic papules in a symmetric, acral distribution usually involving the buttocks and extremities (see Fig. 15.23). It is a disease of children (commonly aged 3-12 years) and young adults. The classic exanthem consists of urticarial wheals, erythematous maculopapules, and larger palpable ecchymotic-looking areas. There is often associated abdominal pain (caused by edema and hemorrhage of the intestinal wall) and arthritis. Mucosal involvement is rare however, edema of the scalp, hands, scrotum, and periorbital tissue is not uncommon. Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, occult and gross bleeding, and intussusception) may precede the rash. Renal involvement is the most frequent and serious complication and usually occurs during the first month. It commonly manifests as microscopic hematuria and may progress to...

Strawberry Hemangioma Clinical Summary

Hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors characterized by a rapid proliferative phase followed by a spontaneous involutional phase. They are the most common soft tissue tumors of infancy. The appearance of hemangiomas is determined by the lesion's depth, location, and stage of evolution. A strawberry hemangioma lies in the upper dermis and often originates as an erythematous macular patch, a pale macule, or a localized telangiectasia with a pale halo. The lesion grows and becomes vascularized during the first 2 months of life. The classic presentation is a bright red, slightly elevated, noncompressible plaque. It commonly regresses by 2 to 3 years of age. Localized hemangiomas can affect the airway, eyes, or other areas where they occur. The differential diagnosis includes vascular malformations, malignant vascular neoplasms, pyogenic granulomas, and giant melanocytic birthmarks.

Orbital And Periorbital Preseptal Cellulitis Clinical Summary

Orbital (postseptal) cellulitis is a serious bacterial infection characterized by fever, painful purple-red eyelid swelling, restriction of eye movement, proptosis, and variable decreased visual acuity. It may begin with eye pain and low-grade temperature. In general, it is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and Staphylococcus aureus. It usually arises as a complication of ethmoid or maxillary sinusitis. If not treated promptly, it can lead to blindness, cavernous sinus thrombosis, meningitis, subdural empyema, or brain abscess. Periorbital (preseptal) cellulitis usually presents with edema and typically circumferential erythema of the eyelids and periorbital skin, minimal pain, and fever. Proptosis and ophthalmoplegia are not characteristic. Preseptal cellulitis usually results from trauma, contiguous infection, or in rare instances, from primary bacteremia among young infants. Common organisms are S aureus and group A Streptococcus.

Arthritis of Systemic Disease

B19 is responsible for erythema infectiosum and can also cause polyarthritis, especially in the hands, knees, and ankles. HIV infection sometimes causes symmetric polyarthritis, spondy-litis, or acute oligoarthritis. Hepatitis B and C can cause acute symmetric polyarthritis in large and small joints. Inflammation in a few large joints and back pain are among the earliest symptoms of infective endocarditis in about 25 of patients with this disorder (Totemchokchyakarn and Ball, 1996). Lyme arthritis caused by Borrelia burgdorferi can cause migratory monoarthritis or oligoarthritis in the knees or shoulders weeks to months after the rash of erythema chron-icum migrans has developed. Poorly controlled diabetes (affecting foot, ankle, and knee), hyperthyroidism (affecting fingers and toes), hypothyroidism (causing noninflammatory effusions in knees, wrists, and hands), and parathyroid disease (causing chondrocalcinosis) are all endocrine disorders that can cause arthritis.

Epidemiology and etiology

Irritant contact dermatitis. Erythema and edema with spared areas on the back at sites in contact with an irritant in a 30-year-old male. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York McGraw-Hill, 2005 20.) FIGURE 65-4. Irritant contact dermatitis. Erythema and edema with spared areas on the back at sites in contact with an irritant in a 30-year-old male. (From Wolff K, Johnson RA. Eczema dermatitis. Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. New York McGraw-Hill, 2005 20.)

Diagnostie Criteria for Neurofibromatosis

'28 , 29 and in 1941, Louis-Bar proposed that ataxia- telangiectasia should also be considered as one of the phakomatoses. During the last 50 years a wide variety of disorders, all of which are unusual and many of which lack dysplastic or neoplastic characteristics, have been considered to belong to this heterogeneous group of disorders. The major neurocutaneous syndromes are considered herein, and others are noted in T M .3,2.-1.

Pathology and Clinical Manifestations

The initial lesion at the site of inoculation or at the site of recurrence, whether in the skin or mucous membrane, is a small reddened area that develops into a small, thin-walled, blisterlike vesicle filled with clear fluid. Equally as common is the appearance of a group of small vesicles on the erythematous base. Labial herpes only occasionally represents the initial HSV-1 lesion, but the cold sore or fever blister of the lip is the most common lesion of recurrent disease. Here a cluster of vesicles appears after a couple of days of hyperesthesia and erythema, to last from several to 10 days. Most commonly these appear at the vermilion line of the skin of the lower lip or on the skin of the upper lip, at times extending to or into the nostril. The term fever blister stems from the frequency with which herpetic recurrence accompanies febrile illnesses. Before the age of antibiotics, it was more likely to accompany pneumococ Herpes genitalis also has the incubation period of several...

History and Geography

In his Synopsis of Cutaneous Diseases (1818), Thomas Bateman described herpes labialis, which occasionally appears as an idiopathic affection . . . frequently in the course of disease of the viscera of which it is symptomatic. His accurate description of herpes praeputialis emphasized the hazard of interpreting a cluster of vesicles as a syphilitic chancre. He described the prodromes, development of the erythema and vesicles, and their course to healing, ending with, I have not been able to ascertain the causes of this eruption on the prepuce. . Whencesoever it may originate, it is liable to recur in the same individual at intervals of six or eight weeks.

Autosomal Recessive Disease

ATAXIA-TELANGIECTASIA Syllaba and Hennery first reported three adolescent patients with progressive choreoathetosis and ocular telangiectasia in 1926, but it was not until 1964 that Martin recognized their clinical description as ataxia-telangiectasia (AT). '541 A second report in 1941 by Louis-Bar described a young boy with progressive cerebellar ataxia and extensive cutaneous telangiectasias she identified the syndrome as one of the phakomatoses. y After the 1958 descriptions by Bean, y Boder and Sedgwick,y , 58 and Centerwall and AT is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a constellation of signs and symptoms associated with progressive cerebellar dysfunction, conjunctival and cutaneous telangiectasias, severe immune deficiencies, premature aging, and a predisposition to cancer. y AT is inherited as a single mendelian locus on chromosome 11q22-23. Recent studies have identified the mutated gene in AT and its identification provides answers to the link between the...

Heterotopic Ossification

Heterotopic ossification (HO) develops esep-cially in patients after TBI and SCI when multipotential connective tissue cells transform to chondroblasts and osteoblasts in the soft tissues, presumably under the influence of locally induced growth factors. The hips, knees, and shoulders are most often affected. Swelling, erythema, and decreasing range of motion are among the first clinical signs. Symptoms develop most often by about 4 weeks after trauma, but may not appear for 3 months. The signs of HO may be missed in patients who are intubated or not alert. A 3-phase technetium 99m labeled methylene-diphosphonate bone scan reveals focal uptake prior to radiographic visualization of bone formation. If HO is suspected from the clinical setting in a less than alert patient, a screening scan may be worthwhile.

Clinical Manifestations and Pathology

This disease is asymptomatic at least half of the time. Symptomatic patients become ill about 2 weeks after exposure. They have an influenza-like illness with fever, chills, myalgias, headache, and a nonproductive cough. Rare manifestations include arthralgias, arthritis, and erythema nodosum. With or without symptoms, the chest roentgenogram may show patchy areas of pneumonitis and prominent hilar adenopathy.

Topical Corticosteroids

The choice of a topical steroid involves maximizing benefit and minimizing adverse effects. Many skin conditions benefit greatly from topical steroids. However, local adverse effects of topical steroids are common with regular use over weeks to months. The most common adverse effect of topical steroids is skin atrophy in which the epidermis becomes thin and the superficial capillaries dilate. Epidermal atrophy can be accompanied by hypopigmentation and telangiectasias. If atrophy involves the dermis, striae may occur. Although the epidermal atrophy may be reversible in months, striae are irreversible. When fluorinated steroids (the strongest steroids) are continuously applied to the face, perioral dermatitis, rosacea-like eruptions, and acneiform eruptions can occur.

Measles Rubeola and Rubella

The exanthem of rubeola (measles) begins around the fourth febrile day, with discrete lesions that become confluent as they spread from the hairline downward, sparing the palms and soles. The exanthem typically lasts 4 to 6 days. The lesions fade gradually in order of appearance, leaving a residual yellow-tan coloration or faint desquamation. Rubeola is also distinguished by the presence of Koplik spots in the oral mucosa. These are usually small white or bluish macules with a ring of erythema on the buccal mucosa.

Dyshidrotic Eczema Pompholyx

Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of dermatitis characterized by a pruritic vesicular eruption on the fingers, palms, and soles (Figs. 33-31). Patients may be affected at any age, with women affected twice as often as men. The condition may be acute, intermittent, or chronic. Eruptions occur with varying severity and can be mild or debilitating. Before the formation of vesicles, patients describe itching or burning of the hands and feet. Small vesicles appear along the lateral aspects of the fingers or feet, palms, and soles. Lesions may persist for weeks and may be accompanied by erythema of the palms and soles.

Tumour typeRecommended margin

The technique is most commonly used for oral and nasal tumours that are not amenable to surgical resection. The prognosis is, however, still guarded and many tumours recur 6-9 months after treatment. Side effects, such as erythema of exposed skin and mucous membranes, alopecia, skin thickening and abnormal hair coloration, may also occur. Owners must therefore be given careful advice before embarking on a treatment programme so that they are fully aware of the possible outcomes.

Patient Encounter 1 Part 1 Cellulitis

A 56-year-old male presents to the emergency department with complaints of right lower leg pain and redness. Examining his leg, you notice that he has erythema and edema extending from his ankle to proximal tibia. The area feels warm. The patient states that the redness started approximately 2 days ago. He has felt feverish over the previous 48 hours but did not check his temperature. He has had no other symptoms. He states that he bumped his shin on the bed frame last week and sustained a bruise but no apparent breaks in the skin. His vital signs at the clinic reveal a temperature of 38.3 C (100.9 F), pulse 110 bpm, blood pressure 110 72 mm Hg, and respiratory rate 25 breaths per minute. The physician diagnoses this patient with cellulitis.

Clinical features Table 4014

Erythema, urticaria, oedema (head neck air way generalized) Coughing, skin erythema, difficulty with ventilation or loss of a palpable pulse are often the first signs in severe reactions. Cardiovascular collapse, bronchospasm and angio-oedema are the most common clinical features. Reactions involving major involvement of a single physiological system are common, e.g. bradycardia and profound hypotension with no evidence of bronchospasm or angio-oedema. Erythema of the skin may be shortlived or absent because cyanosis from poor tissue perfusion and hypoxaemia may be profound. The awake patient may experience a sense of impending doom, dyspnoea, nausea and vomiting. The differential diagnosis should include anaesthetic drug overdose and other causes of bronchospasm, hypotension or hypoxaemia.

Clinical presentation and diagnosis

The common signs and symptoms (i.e., pain, erythema, and edema) of infection may Presence of at least two manifestations of inffarnmation (purulence or erythema, pain, tenderness, warmth, or induration), but any cellulitis erythema extends no more than 2 cm around the ulcer, and infection is limited to the skin or superficial subcutaneous tissues no other local complications or systemk illness

Black Widow Spider Envenomation Clinical Summary

The black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) is the prototype for the genus Latrodectus, several members of which cause human disease. The black widow spider is not particularly aggressive but will defend her web, which is often found in woodpiles, basements, and garages. Most envenomations occur between April and October, with bites most commonly located on the hand and forearm. The clinical presentation of severe and sustained muscle spasm is produced by a neurotoxic protein, which causes the release of acetylcholine and norepinephrine at the presynaptic neuromuscular junction. The initial bite may be mild to moderately painful and is often missed. Within approximately 1 hour, local erythema and muscle cramping begin, followed by generalized cramping involving large muscle groups such as the thighs, shoulders, abdomen, and back. Associated clinical features can include fasciculations, weakness, fever, salivation, vomiting, diaphoresis, localized sweating at the envenomation site,...

Clinical Manifestations

Stage I involves the dermatologic system and is diagnosed by the classic rash, erythema chronicum migrans (ECM). Stage II involves the neurological or cardiac system Erythema chronicum migrans (ECM) is pathognomonic for Stage I Lyme borreliosis. The average incubation period is 1 to 3 weeks (range 3 days to 16 weeks). This rash is a diagnostic marker of the dis

Hymenoptera Envenomation Clinical Summary

The order Hymenoptera includes wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, bees, and ants. Envenomation usually results in local pain, mild erythema, swelling, and pruritus. Severe systemic or toxic reactions may occur from one or multiple stings, manifesting as gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, pyrexia, muscle spasms, or seizures. Anaphylaxis may occur within minutes from a single sting, and may cause death from airway obstruction and or cardiovascular collapse. A serum sickness-type reaction may occur 7 to 14 days after envenomation.

Wound Care Complications Clinical Summary

All wounds are subject to two main complications infection and dehiscence. All wounds evaluated in the emergency department are assumed to be contaminated. Contamination of a wound occurs either at the time of the injury or through direct migration of normal skin flora. A key factor in determining bacterial concentration in the wound is time elapsed until presentation. Wounds should therefore be thoroughly cleaned and irrigated in a timely manner following presentation. Wound infection is suggested by pain, warmth, erythema, edema, and purulent drainage.

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Typical signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis include local pain and tenderness over the affected bone, as well as inflammation, erythema, edema, and decreased range of motion. Patients with acute hematogenous osteomyelitis may also present with fever, chills, and malaise.

Decubitus Ulcers Clinical Summary

Decubitus ulcers are typically divided into four stages. Stage one ulcers are characterized by an area of nonblanchable erythema over intact skin. A stage two pressure sore appears as a shallow, open sore with a pink wound base. When the wound is full thickness with no muscle, tendon, or bone exposed, it is defined as a stage three ulcer. If muscle, tendon, or bone is exposed it is described as stage four. Some wounds may have an area of black eschar over them these wounds cannot be categorized since the depth of the injury cannot be determined.

Tightfitting and nona bsor bent clothing

A 28-year-old woman with a history of diabetes presents to your clinic complaining of what she calls itching in my private areas. After questioning her, you determine that she has vaginal burning and itching, accompanied by a curd-like discharge. On examination, she has erythema of the labia and a nonodorous discharge.

Corneal Herpetic Infections

Preseptal cellulitis involves the eyelid and periorbital soft tissues and is characterized by acute eyelid erythema and edema. The infection usually occurs in the setting of an upper respiratory tract infection, external ocular infection, or trauma to the eyelids. Patients may have a mild fever and tend to complain of epiphora, conjunctivitis, and localized tenderness. However, the signs of orbital cellulitis are generally absent, unless a preseptal cellulitis evolves into an orbital cellulitis. Treatment is initiated empirically in most cases with cefuroxime, ceftriaxone, or nafcillin.

Nonaccessrelated Bowel Injuries

In the above series, all five patients with unrecognized bowel injuries presented in a characteristic manner that did not include traditional peritoneal signs. The initial presentation in each of these cases included persistent and relatively increased pain at a single trocar site without significant erythema or discharge. Each patient had leukopenia, and only one patient had fever greater than 38 C. Upon exploration, the painful trocar site was closest to the injured bowel segment. Abdominal distension and diarrhea were also noted. Two patients with colonic injuries after pelvic lymph node dissection had rapid onset of sepsis, without typical peritoneal signs, and died within four days.

Outcome evaluation

The clinician should consistently follow-up postoperative patients and screen for any sign of SSI. According to CDC criteria, SSI may appear up to 30 days after an operation and up to 1 year if a prosthesis is implanted 5 This period often extends beyond hospitalization so patients should be educated on warning signs of SSI and be encouraged to contact a clinician immediately if necessary. The presence of fever or leukocytosis in the immediate postoperative period does not constitute SSI and should resolve with proper patient care. Distal infections, such as pneumonia, are not considered SSIs even if these infections occur in the 30-day period. The appearance of the surgical site should be checked regularly and changes should be documented (e.g., erythema, drainage, or pus). The presence of pus or other signs suggestive of SSI must be treated accordingly. Any wound requiring incision and drainage is considered an SSI regardless of appearance. Prompt cultures should be collected and...

Arteriovenous Malformations

Vascular malformations are congenital in origin. They are classified into several subtypes according to the predominant vasculature. The most common type is venous angiomas, which are composed of anomalous veins without any direct feeding artery. The next most common is telangiectasia, usually found deep within the brain, particularly in the brain stem. It is composed of vessels morphologically resembling capillaries but slightly larger and often found at necropsy. Another less common vascular abnormality, which also rarely causes symptoms, is the venous varix. Two other common symptomatic angiomas are AVMs and cavernous angiomas. , y , y AVMs are composed of clusters of abnormal arteries and veins of varying size, without intervening capillaries. Some cavernous angiomas are familial. Patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasias (Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome) have a higher than normal incidence of vascular malformations.

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Arteriovenous malformations are the most dangerous cerebral vascular malformation. They are congenital, sporadic developmental vascular lesions, with an estimated overall incidence of 0.1 the incidence is higher in people with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (i.e., Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome). The majority of these lesions are supratentorial.

Streptococcal Diseases

Group A streptococci are responsible for two striking postinfectious conditions The first is acute rheumatic fever, which follows streptococcal pharyngitis after 2 to 3 weeks. Rheumatic fever can include one or more of the following carditis (pericarditis, myocarditis, and or endocarditis) migratory, nondeform-ing arthritis chorea subcutaneous, fibrous nodules and erythema marginatum. The second postinfectious condition is acute glomerulonephritis, a usually temporary form of renal failure.

Pharmacologic Therapy

Cures for nodular BCC.65 Imiquimod has also been shown to be an effective treatment for SCC in situ in a placebo-controlled trial, 11 of 15 lesions resolved versus 0 in the placebo-treated group.66 The most common side effects of both 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod are erythema, itching, pain, and crusting that are mild to moderate. Finally, intralesional injection of interferon-a2b three times weekly for 3 weeks has been used to treat BCC, with cure rates up to 97 67

Physical Appearance

Cyanosis and clubbing are intense when the fistulous shunt is large,41,53 but anemia caused by bleeding telangiectasia can virtually abolish the cyanosis, although clubbing persists.41,43,53 Cyanosis is absent when systemic arteries rather than pulmonary arteries feed the fistu-lae.53,62

Inflammatory Diseases

Patients with sarcoidosis may have skin and cardiac involvement. The skin lesions that involve the face may take two forms red papules around the eyes, nose, and mouth, which are pruritic and do not ulcerate purple plaques that produce a bulbous nose, thickened cheeks, and thickened ears (lupus pernio) (101). There may also be erythema nodosum (red nodules on the legs) (101). Twenty percent of patients with sarcoidosis have cardiovascular findings at autopsy (102,103). Clinical manifestations include congestive heart failure, ventricular tachycardia, complete heart block, or cor pulmonale (102,103).

Syndromes of Lesions Involving Peripheral Branches of Cranial Nerve V

Various pathological processes including tumors, aneurysms, infarctions, trauma, and infections can damage the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve. y Superior orbital fissure involvement is characterized by numbness, paresthesias, or pain in the distribution of V1 and within the orbit, Horner's syndrome, and ophthalmoparesis. Involvement of the optic nerve suggests extension into the orbital apex. If, on funduscopic examination, there is evidence of venous congestion, cavernous sinus thrombosis is likely. Cavernous sinus thrombosis is almost always caused by spread of an infection from the face, nose, or mouth. Patients may initially complain of fever, malaise, and frontal headache, but they subsequently develop proptosis, ptosis, ophthalmoparesis, and vasocongestion. Initially the CSF test result may be normal, but findings characteristic of meningitis may occur if treatment is delayed. Mortality is linked to spread of bacteria to the meninges, which warrants early and...

Alteration to surrounding tissue

Pincer Toenail Home Treatment

In distinction to tennis toe, jogger's toe tends to involve the third, fourth and fifth toes, apparently due to the constant pounding of the foot on the running surface. The process begins with erythema, oedema and onycholysis or subungual haemorrhage. Throbbing pain often accompanies this condition. Secondary infection resulting in cellulitis and abscess formation may be a rare complication.

Clinical Features and Associated Findings

The differential diagnosis of measles includes illnesses associated with fever and an erythematous maculopapular rash such as scarlet fever, rubella, meningococcemia, Kawasaki's disease, toxic shock syndrome, and erythema multiforme due to a hypersensitivity to medications. y , y During the viremia of measles infection, measles virus can be isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. y The clinical diagnosis, however, is more typically based on the presence or a history of the characteristic findings of fever, an erythematous maculopapular rash demonstrating a cephalocaudal spread, coryza, cough, conjunctivitis, and Koplik's spots. Laboratory results that support a diagnosis of measles are the detection of measles IgM and a fourfold increase in measles IgG between acute and convalescent sera. y The diagnosis of postmeasles encephalomyelitis is based on the occurrence of encephalitis within 2 weeks of the rash of measles associated with a recurrence of...

Diseases Of Connective Tissue And Joints

Mediated diseases of the connective tissue (systemic lupus erythematosus SLE , scleroderma, polyarteritis nodosa, rheumatic fever, ankylosing spondylitis, and Reiter's syndrome) are discussed. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus SLE The dorsum of the hands may also show skin tightening and the development of flexion contractures ofthe inter-phalangeal (I-P) joints (claw hand). Focal areas of skin necrosis may be seen on the fingertips (rat-bite necrosis) (82). Loss of one or more of the distal phalanges may ensue. Telangiectasia is frequently seen in the skin of the face and the limbs (109). Patients with scleroderma commonly have pulmonary hypertension, symptomatic pericarditis in 15 of cases (110), and depressed left ventricular function in less than 5 of cases (111). Patients with dermatomyositis develop a dusky heliotrope eruption in the periorbital areas and may have facial fold erythema (112). Violaceous papules are seen over the knuckles (Gottron'spapules), which are virtually...

Chronic paronychia is not a primary infection Chronic paronychia of the hands is typically intiated by frequent

Retracting Nail Fold

Clinically, the proximal and lateral nail folds show erythema and swelling. The cuticle is lost and the ventral portion of the proximal nail fold becomes separated from the nail plate. This newly formed space has an important additional role in maintaining and aggravating chronic paronychia it becomes a receptacle for microorganisms and environmental particles that potentiate the chronic inflammation. With time the nail fold retracts and becomes thickened and rounded.

Inspect the Penis and Scrotum

Penis Syphilis

Balanitis is inflammation of the glans penis. It is most often caused by Candida infection and is found mostly in uncircumcised men. The warmth and moisture in this area facilitate the growth of the yeast organisms. The infection begins as flat erythema on the inner side of the foreskin and glans. Pustules develop that break open and leave a moist, bright red, eroded surface. If the infection involves the glans and foreskin, the term balanoposthitis is used. Figure 18-17 shows Candida balanitis. Notice the erosions on the distal shaft and glans penis. The foreskin has been retracted.

Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome

Hypocomplementemic cutaneous vasculitis is an acquired form of deficiency that leads to chronic decreases in complement components C1, C2, C4, and C3. The syndrome is now called hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis syndrome (HUVS) but in the past was identified as SLE-related syndrome, hypocomplementemic cutaneous vasculitis, chronic hypocomplementemic cutaneous vasculitis, or hypocomplementemic vasculitis urticaria syndrome. Patients with this syndrome have several distinct clinical features similar to those of SLE but do not fulfill the SLE diagnostic criteria (74-93). The typical patient is a young female with chronic rash, angioedema, and arthralgias. In clinical and serologic studie of 47 patients (37 females, 6 males, 4 sex not reported) with SLE-related syndrome, two patients developed pseudotumor cerebri (80, 89). The rash, which is the most characteristic and prominent feature of the syndrome, was initially called erythema multiforme-like because of the presence of...

Notion Of Bucco-dental Superinfections

The anticandida properties of Zataria multiflora essential oil and its active components (thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol) were demonstrated in vitro by Mahmoudabadi et al. (2006). A randomized, clinical trial was conducted using 86 patients with acute vaginal candidiasis. They were treated with a cream containing 0.1 Zataria multiflora essential oil or 1 clotrimazole once daily for 7 days. Statistically significant decreases in vulvar pruritis (80.9 ), vaginal pruritis (65.5 ), vaginal burning (73.95), urinary burning (100 ), and vaginal secretions (90 ) were obtained by the essential oil treatment as compared to the clotrimazole treatment of 73.91 , 56.7 , 82.1 , 100 , and 70 , respectively. In addition, the Zataria multiflora cream reduced erythema and satellite vulvar lesions in 100 of patients, vaginal edema in 100 , vaginal edema in 83.3 , and vulvo-vaginal excoriation and fissures in 92 . The corresponding results for clotrimazole were 100 , 100 , 76 , and 88 . In terms of...

The Written Physical Examination

Left Lower Abdominal Tenderness

Musculoskeletal Distal interphalangeal joint enlargement on both hands, causing pain on making a fist, L > R no tenderness or erythema present proximal joints normal neck, arms, hips, knees, and ankles with full range of active and passive motion muscles appear symmetric mild kyphosis present.

Clinical Manifestations Of Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis Arthritis

Erythema nodosum, a syndrome of inflammatory cutaneous nodules frequently found on the extensor surfaces of the lower extremities, occurs in about two-thirds of patients and is strikingly associated with early arthritis. Lofgren's syndrome involves a triad of hilar lymphadenopathy, erythema nodosum, and arthritis. The late form of arthritis occurs at least 6 months after the onset of sarcoidosis, and is generally less dramatic than the early form. The knees are the most common joints to be involved, followed by the ankles. Monarthri-tis can occur in the late form of arthritis, and erythema nodosum is not commonly noted.

Oral Herpes Simplex Virus Cold Sores Clinical Summary

Oral herpes simplex may present acutely as a primary gingivostomatitis or as a recurrence. Painful vesicular eruptions on the oral mucosa, tongue, palate, vermilion borders, and gingiva are highly characteristic. A 2- to 3-day prodromal period of malaise, fever, and cervical adenopathy is common. The vesicular lesions rupture to form a tender ulcer with yellow crusting and an erythematous margin. Pain may be severe enough to cause drooling and odynophagia, which can discourage eating and drinking, particularly in children. The disease tends to run its course in a 7- to 10-day period with nonscarring resolution of the lesions. Recurrent herpes labialis may present with an aura of burning, itching, or tingling prior to vesicle formation. Oral trauma, sunburn, stress, and any variety of febrile illnesses can precipitate this condition. Oral erythema multiforme or Stevens-Johnson syndrome,

Pathology of Head and Neck Tumors

Histology Ducts Scheme

Leukoplakia is a whiter patch on the oral mucosa which cannot be scraped off nor can it be attributed to any other disease entity. Histologically, it is represented by hyperkeratosis with acanthosis with or without dysplasia. Erythroplakia is a red, velvety mucosal patch that represents epithelial atrophy, inflammation and subepithelial telangiectasia. Ery-throplakia or erythroleukoplakia (speckled white and red patches) confer a greater risk of being associated with dysplasia with 91 percent being in situ or invasive SCC.2,3 Proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL) is an idiopathic condition occurring typically in the oral mucosa of elderly women which pursues a recurrent and progressive clinical course. Histo-logically, it appears with innocuous hyperkeratosis of the squamous epithelium and progresses to verru-cous hyperplasia and dysplasia with the ultimate development of verrucous or conventional SCC over a protracted period of time.4 This has led some to advocate that verrucous...

Endocrine And Metabolic Diseases

Acute Acromegaly

Patients with hyperthyroidism are often detected by looking at the face. There may be lid lag, exophthalmos, ophthalmoplegia, and temporal muscle wasting. Other features include palmar erythema, warm moist palms, fine tremor of the outstretched hands, proximal myopathy, pretibial myxedema, and an enlarged thyroid (Fig. 9). The patient may appear restless and show evidence of weight loss by wearing loose-fitting clothes.

Mastoiditis Clinical Summary

Patients present with fever, chills, postauricular ear pain, and frequently discharge from the external auditory canal. Patients may have tenderness, erythema, swelling, and fluctuance over the mastoid process proptosis of the pinna erythema of the posterior-superior external auditory canal wall and purulent otorrhea through a tympanic membrane perforation.

Angular Cheilitis Early Hiv Symptom

Hiv Simptom Photos

A common oral manifestation of HIV infection is angular cheilitis, also known as perleche. This painful condition is characterized by macerated, fissured, eroded, encrusted, whitish (occasionally erythematous) lesions in the corners of the mouth. Accumulations of saliva gather in the skin folds and are subsequently colonized by yeast organisms such as C. albicans. Angular cheilitis may be associated with intraoral candidiasis. Angular cheilitis may also Figures 12-26 and 12-33 show patients with oral candidiasis, another extremely common condition associated with HIV infection. Oral candidiasis is characterized by chronic severe pain in the throat that worsens on swallowing or eating. The curdlike white plaques are soft and friable and can easily be wiped off, leaving an area of intensely erythematous mucosa. Erythema multiforme Single lesion 0.5-2 cm in diameter that is first maculopapular but then ulcerates and has an area of erythema at its border lesions usually on movable mucosal...

The clinical manifestations of atopic dermatitis

Dennie Morgan Fold

The term atopic dermatitis was introduced by Wise and Sulzberger in 1933 as a skin disease characterized by dry skin, pruritus, and chronic relapsing erythematous lesions.1 The name 'atopy' comes from the Greek meaning 'wrongly placed'. Coca et al had introduced the term atopy to describe a hereditary disorder different from anaphylaxis which was clinically characterized by hay fever and bronchial asthma. The disorder was further characterised by a tendency different from normal subjects, i.e. to become sensitized to environmental factors.2 In 1967 Ishizaka et al3 and Johansson4 showed that IgE antibodies were characteristic of the atopic condition. skin is pruritic and erythematous patches can be seen covered with crusts, which are often secondarily infected (Figure 1.2). Because the rash is scaly and crusted and resembles burnt milk the disease has also been called milk scale. The rash can also develop on the extensor surfaces of the extremities and on the trunk (Figure 1.3)....

Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis of Other Types of Psoriasis

Generalizedpustular psoriasis is characterized by disseminated deep-red erythematous areas and pustules, which may merge to become lakes of pus. Erythrodermicpsoriasis is a generalized, life-threatening condition that presents with erythema, desquamation, and edema, and may require life support measures as well as systemic therapy.

Aphthous Ulcers Canker Sores Clinical Summary

Aphthous ulcers are shallow painful mucosal ulcers of 1 to 15 mm. A prodromal burning sensation may be noted 2 to 48 hours before an ulcer is noted. The initial lesion is a small white papule that ulcerates and enlarges over 48 to 72 hours. Lesions are typically round or ovoid with a raised yellow border and surrounding erythema. Multiple aphthous ulcers may occur on the lips, tongue, buccal mucosa, floor of the mouth, or soft palate. Spontaneous healing occurs in 7 to 10 days without scarring. The exact etiology is unknown. Deficiencies of vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron as well as viruses have been implicated. Stress, local trauma, and immunocompromised states have all been cited as possible precipitators. Primary or recurrent herpetic oral lesions may present with an almost identical prodrome and similar appearance. Herpetic lesions, unlike aphthous ones, tend to occur on the gingiva, hard palate, and vermilion border. Oral erythema multiforme may also present similarly to...

Patient Encounter 1

The health care professional is faced with a difficult task when approaching a patient who claims a history of penicillin allergy. While as many as 12 of hospital patients state they have an allergy to penicillin, about 90 will have negative skins tests.10 Table 54-4 shows the traditional protocol for penicillin skin testing.11 This test only evaluates IgE-mediated reactions. A patient with a history of other serious reactions such as erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or toxic epidermal necrolysis should not receive penicillins and should not be tested. angle yenily tenting the skin in an upward motion Interpret skin responses after 15 minutes A wheal at least 2x2 mm with erythema is considered positive If the prick tost is nonreactive, proceed to the intradermal test if the histamine control is nonreactive, the test considered uninterruptible

Directed Neurological Examination

The examiner may recognize sudomotor failure by noting a dryness of the skin and a lack of resistance to gentle stroking with the fingerpads or to a tuning fork run over the skin. Sudomotor failure may take the form of an isolated generalized anhidrosis or a diffuse autonomic failure with other associated findings. A search should be made for localized increases in or absence of sweating and for asymmetrical patterns of skin temperature or color. In patients with disturbances of autonomic innervation of the face, the physician may note gustatory sweating, flushing, and facial anhidrosis. Acral vasomotor changes that may be observed include acrocyanosis, pallor, mottling, livedo reticularis, or erythema. y Skin temperature changes can be assessed by palpation. Other findings to be noted include atrophic skin changes, alopecia, hypertrichosis, nail thickening, skin decoloration or deformation, and Charcot's joints. Allodynia and hyperalgesia are components of a complex regional pain...

Patient Encounter Part 4

UVB with calcipotriol.18 UVB with tazarotene (a retinoid) may be synergistic the effect of each agent seems to be enhanced when used together. However, all retinoids can cause skin thinning, which may allow for easier burning to occur. The erythema induction threshold is lowered by about 25 .18 Therefore, doses of UVB should be teractions with its cell surface receptors. ' This agent is useful for chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and for psoriatic arthritis. Dosing in psoriasis is different from its other indications (rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis).6 The approved regimen in psoriasis is 50 mg subcutaneously twice weekly for the first 12 weeks followed by 50 mg weekly thereafter, dosing being continuous.6 In clinical trials, 49 of patients given 50 mg subcutaneously twice weekly achieved a 75 improvement in PASI by 12 weeks.1 ,41 Clinical responses continue to improve with longer treatment,6,41 but some patients will show a...

Cranial and Spinal Subdural Empyema

A progressive disturbance of consciousness occurs as the subdural empyema produces a mass effect that results in increased ICP. Focal neurological deficits are present in 80 to 90 percent of patients and are caused by mass effect from the subdural collection of fluid and to cortical vein thrombophlebitis. Periorbital edema and erythema may be present in patients with a subdural empyema originating from the frontal sinus. y , y Seizures, which are typically focal, occur in 30 to 60 percent of patients. y Infants with subdural empyemas usually have an increase in their head size, a bulging fontanel, irritability, poor feeding followed by hemiparesis, convulsions, stupor, and coma. y A spinal subdural empyema presents as fever with signs of rapidly progressive spinal cord compression. Backache may be present, but it is not as characteristic of the presentation of a spinal subdural empyema as it is of the presentation of spinal epidural abscess.

Clinical Course of Radiation Therapy

Radiation-induced acute mucositis of the lateral aspect of the oral tongue. Note the erythema and the more pale area of fibrinous exudate. Figure 21-16. Radiation-induced acute mucositis of the lateral aspect of the oral tongue. Note the erythema and the more pale area of fibrinous exudate.

Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis

Granuloma Annulare Cure

Exfoliative dermatitis, also known as erythroderma, is an uncommon but serious skin disorder defined as erythema and scale covering over 90 of the body surface area (Fig. 33-34). The four most common causes of erythroderma are psoriasis, AD, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), and drug reactions. More than 60 drugs have been implicated in cases of exfoliative dermatitis more often allopurinol, beta-lactam antibiotics, antiseizure medications, and sulfa drugs. More than half of patients will have a known underlying skin disease, but in up to 25 an etiology may never be determined and is termed idiopathic erythroderma. The majority of patients are adults over age 40.

How To Deal With Rosacea and Eczema

How To Deal With Rosacea and Eczema

Rosacea and Eczema are two skin conditions that are fairly commonly found throughout the world. Each of them is characterized by different features, and can be both discomfiting as well as result in undesirable appearance features. In a nutshell, theyre problems that many would want to deal with.

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