Physical Signs in Dermatology: Color Atlas and Text
In dermatology, accurate diagnosis often depends on a complex process of pattern recognition involving a combination of features (shape, colour, pattern of distribution, and so on), identification of which leads the clinician to a diagnosis.
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Shapes and Patterns of Lesions
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abnormalities actinic affected alopecia areata angiomas annulare appearance areas associated atopic eczema atrophy basal cell carcinoma blisters bullous bullous pemphigoid causes chronic clinical colour common crusted cutaneous cysts dermal dermatomyositis dermatoses dermis diagnosis diameter discoid discoid lupus erythematosus disease disorders epidermal eruption example excoriations follicles follicular fungal infections generalised granuloma Granuloma annulare hair loss herpes simplex hyperkeratotic inflammation inflammatory itchy keratoses lesions lichen planus Lichen sclerosus linear Localised lesions lower legs lupus erythematosus macules melanocytes melanoma multiple naevi naevus nail plate nailfold nodules normal occur oedema palms papular papules patches patient pattern pemphigoid physical signs pigmentation pityriasis plaques present produce psoriasis purpura pustular pustules pyoderma gangrenosum rash reticulate scaling scalp scars sclerosis sclerosus et atrophicus sebaceous glands seborrhoeic seen skin squamous cell carcinoma surface syndrome Table telangiectasia thickening tissue trauma trunk tumour typical ulcer urticaria urticated usually vascular vasculitis venous vessels viral warts weals