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Ulcer with surrounding erythema

There will usually be local signs of infection as described above. There is a localized erythema, warmth and swelling usually associated with ulceration, although the portal of entry of infection may be a corn, callus, blister, fissure or any other skin break (Fig. 5.8). Fig. 5.8 This interdigital ulcer has associated local erythema. Fig. 5.8 This interdigital ulcer has associated local erythema.

Erythema Toxicum

Erythema Toxicum

In the harlequin sign (harlequin color change) there is a vivid line of demarcation which appears down the midline. The dependent side of the skin becomes flushed (erythematous) and the uppermost side becomes pale. If the infant is turned to the other side, the appearance of the skin reverses. It is proposed that this condition results from vasomotor instability. Figure 1.23. Erythema toxicum neonatorum (urticaria neonatorum) on the back of a term infant. This is the most common rash noted in the normal term infant. It is not seen in preterm and rarely seen in post-term infants. It usually appears on the 2nd or 3rd day of life (rarely in the first 24 hours) and is seldom seen after the age of 14 days. It affects about 40 to 50 of full term infants and the condition is self-limiting. Lesions may be minimal or extensive. Figure 1.24. Another example of erythema toxicum neonatorum (flea bite dermatitis of the newborn). The lesions most frequently present are erythematous and...


Erythema is macular redness of the skin due to congestion in the capillaries. It occurs as part of immunological reactions in the skin as in drug allergies and specific patterns of viral infections, such as measles. There are other types that show a specific pattern but are associated with a wide range of underlying conditions, such as erythema multiforme. Erythema multiforme is associated with herpes and other viral infections or streptococcal and various bacterial infections, but also with many other conditions, particularly connective tissue disease, sarcoidosis, and reactions to drugs such as sulphonamides. The lesions consist of erythematous macules becoming raised and typically developing into target lesions in which there is a dusky red or purpuric centre with a pale indurated zone surrounded by an outer ring of erythema. The lesions may be few or multiple and diffuse, often involving the hands, feet, elbows, and knees. Blisters may develop. In the more severe forms there may...


Rosacea is a persistent eruption occurring on the forehead and cheeks. It is more common in women than men. There is erythema with prominent blood vessels. Pustules, papules, and oedema occur. Rhinophyma, with thickened erythematous skin of the nose and enlarged follicles, is a variant. Conjunctivitis and blepharitis may be associated. It is usually made worse by sunlight. Rosacea should be distinguished from Acne, in which there are blackheads, a wider distribution, and improvement with sunlight. Acne, however, may coexist with rosacea hence the older term acne rosacea. Lupus erythematosus, which shows light sensitivity, erythema, and scarring but no pustules. Perioral dermatitis, which occurs in women with pustules and erythema around the mouth and on the chin. There is usually a premenstrual exacerbation. Treatment is with oral tetracyclines. The treatment of rosacea is with long term courses of oxytetracycline, which may need to be repeated. Topical treatment along the lines of...

The erythemas

Lupus Poor Circulation

Complex reactions occurring in the capillaries and arterioles of the skin cause erythema, which is simply redness of the skin. This may present as flat macules or as papules, which are raised above the surrounding skin. The lesions may be transient or last for weeks, constant or variable in distribution, with or without vesicles. It is possible to recognise specific patterns within this plethora of clinical signs, but even the most experienced dermatologist may be reduced to making a general diagnosis of toxic erythema. The best we can do therefore is to recognise the common types of erythema and list the possible causes. It is then a matter of deciding on the most likely underlying condition or group of conditions for example, bacterial infection or autoimmune systemic disease. Because there can be the same cause for a variety of erythematous rashes detailed descriptions are of limited use. None the less, there are some characteristic patterns. The presentation of measles is well...

Ultraviolet treatment phototherapy

A variable degree of erythema and itching may occur after treatment. Longer term side effects include a slight risk of epitheliomas developing, premature ageing of the skin, and cataract formation (which can be prevented by wearing ultraviolet A filtering goggles during and after treatment). The total cumulative dosage is carefully monitored and kept as low as possible to reduce the risk of side effects.

Treatment of eczema and inflammatory dermatoses

Steroid ointments are effective in relieving inflammation and itching but are not always used effectively. Advise patients to use a strong steroid (such as betamethasone or fluocinolone acetonide) frequently for a few days to bring the condition under control then change to a weaker steroid (dilute betamethasone, fluocinolone, clobetasone, hydrocortisone) less frequently. Strong steroids should not be continued for long periods, and, as a rule, do not prescribe any steroid stronger than hydrocortisone for the face. Strong steroids can cause atrophy of the skin if used for long periods, particularly when applied under occlusive dressings. On the face they may lead to florid telangiectasia and acne-like pustules. Avoid using steroids on ulcerated areas. Prolonged use of topical steroids may mask an underlying bacterial or fungal infection.

Differential Diagnosis

The clinical diagnosis of SCLE is not always obvious. Annular lesions can be confused with erythema annulare centrifugum, granuloma annulare, erythema gyratum repens, autoinvolutive photoexacerbated tinea corporis (Dauden et al. 2001), or EM. Papulosquamous lesions may be confused with photosensitive psoriasis, lichen planus, eczema, pitiryiasis rubra pilaris, disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, contact dermatitis, tinea faciei (Meymandi et al. 2003) and dermatomyositis. Lesional photodistribution, characteristic histopathology and Ro SS-A autoantibodies are useful in distinguishing SCLE from its differential diagnosis.

Topical immunosuppressants

Tacrolimus (Protopic, Fujisawa) has recently become available as an ointment in two strengths, 0.03 and 0.1 . It has not been evaluated in children under the age of two or in pregnant women. It is recommended that it is only used by dermatologists or those with considerable experience in treating eczema. Although the exact mode of action is unknown it does diminish T cell stimulation by Langerhan cells and diminishes the production of inflammatory mediators from mast cells. It should be used in moderate to severe atopic eczema that has not responded to either treatment. Skin irritation with burning, erythema, and pruritis are the most common side effects. In view of its immunosuppressive activity Pimecrolimus (Elidel, Steeple Novartis) is a similar preparation recommended for intermittent treatment of eczema can also be used as an initial treatment for any flare up of eczema. It diminishes cytokine activity long term relieving both the erythema and pruritis of eczema.

Other pox virus infections

Orf is often recognised in rural areas. It is seen mainly in early spring as a result of contact with lambs. A single papule or group of lesions develops on the fingers or hands with purple papules developing into bulla. This ruptures to leave an annular lesion 1-3 cm in diameter with a necrotic centre. There is surrounding inflammation. The incubation period is a few days and the lesions last two to three weeks with spontaneous healing. Associated erythema multiforme and widespread rashes are occasionally seen.

Clinical Appearance Classification

Pictures Ulcers From Lupus

Acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (ACLE) Localized Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus (SCLE) Annular Papulosquamous Chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CCLE) Discoid (DLE) form is chronic discoid lupus erythematosus (CDLE or DLE). It is character zed by persistent, sharply demarcated, elevated erythematous plaques with adherent scales which may rarely ulcerate (Fig. 1A). Early stages are characterized by erythema and hyperpigmentation. The characteristic painful sensation upon touching is caused by follicular plugging resulting in the so-called carpet-tack sign. Apart from that, atrophy and scarring can be found in the center of untreated lesions and may result in considerable disfiguration particularly when present in the face (Fig. 1B). A characteristic pitted, acneiform scarring is also a common residual feature of the perioral area including the lips. DLE lesions predominantly occur in the light-exposed areas of skin like face, ears, neck and arms, but may be found in...

Clinical Variants of Pemphigus

Pemphigus Folicaceous Epidermis

In PF, the areas of central face, scalp, chest and upper back are affected by painful crusted erosions with erythema. Mucosal lesions are virtually absent Paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP) is usually characterized by painful lesions of the mucosal surfaces and erythema multiforme-like lesions of palms and soles (Anhalt et al. 1990) (Fig. 5D). This relatively rare disease is mainly associated with B cell lymphoma and other hematological disorders and may precede the clinical manifestation of these disorders (Huilgol et al. 1995 Anhalt et al. 1990). PNP may be also associated with benign tumors, i.e. thymoma and Castleman's tumor. In contrast to the other pemphigus variants, PNP may involve lung epithelium. Progressive respiratory failure due to pulmonary involvement constitutes the terminal complication in up to 30 of the patients (Nousari and Anhalt 1999). Endobronchial biopsy reveals the typical pattern The drugs that cause pemphigus most commonly contain thiol or sulfur groups that may...

Cutaneous Manifestations

Before Gilliam and Sontheimer classified it as a distinct entity, lesions of SCLE were referred to with varied nomenclature including symmetric erythema centrifugum, disseminated DLE, autoimmune annular erythema, subacute disseminated LE, superficial disseminated LE, psoriasiform LE, pityriasiform LE, and maculopapular photosensitive LE (Sontheimer et al. 1979). Atypical presentations of SCLE occur, including vesiculo-bullous forms. Well before the classification of SCLE as a subset of LE, Rowell et al. (1963), described EM-like (erythema multiforme) lesions in four so-called DLE patients who had a speckled ANA, rheumatoid factor and precipitating antibodies to the saline extract of human tissues (anti-Sj-T). Whereas EM and DLE can coexist, it has been suggested that Rowell's syndrome should now be reclas-sified as SCLE (Roustan et al. 2000). Lyon et al. (1998) reported two cases of delayed diagnosis of SCLE because of the clinical and histologic similarities SCLE patients may have...

Clinical presentation

Erysipelas is the local manifestation of a Group A streptococcal infection, in the case illustrated the infection is confined to deep dermis as a form of cellulitis. However the same organism at distal sites, through the production of toxins or superantigens, can cause other skin lesions such as (a) the rash of scarlet fever (b) erythema nodosum (c) guttate psoriasis and (d) an acute generalised vasculitis.

Malignant lesions

Mycosis fungoides is a T cell lymphoma of cutaneous origin. Initially well demarcated erythematous plaques develop on covered areas with intense itching. In many cases there is a gradual progression to infiltrated lesions, nodules, and ulceration. In others the tumour may occur de novo or be preceded by generalised erythema. Poikiloderma, in which there is telangiectasia, reticulate pigmentation, atrophy, and loss of pigment, may precede mycosis fungoides, but it is also seen after radiotherapy and in connective tissue diseases. Parapsoriasisis a term used for well defined maculopapular erythematous lesions that occur in middle and old age. Some cases undoubtedly develop into mycosis fungoides and a biopsy specimen should be taken of any such fixed plaques that do not clear with topical steroids.

Systemic sclerosis

As the name implies, there is extensive sclerosis of the connective tissue of the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and heart. Endothelial cell damage in the capillaries results in fibrosis and sclerosis of the organs concerned. The skin becomes tethered to the subcutaneous tissues and immobile, leading to fixed claw like hands, constricted mouth with furrowed lips, and beak-like nose. There are vascular changes producing Raynaud's phenomenon and telangiectasia around the mouth and on the fingers. There are also flat mat-like telangiectasia on the face. A variant is the CREST syndrome. In this type of scleroderma there is Calcinosis with calcium deposits below the skin on the fingers and toes, Raynaud's phenomenon with poor peripheral circulation, immobility of the oEsophagus, dermal Sclerosis of the fingers and toes, and Telangiectasia of the face and lips and adjacent to the toe and finger nails. It has a better prognosis than systemic sclerosis. Antinuclear antibodies at the...

Sundamaged skin

A number of different features characterise sun-damaged skin, which is often seen in the elderly particularly if they have lived in a sunny climate such as Australia. The skin has many fine wrinkles and often has a sallow yellowish discoloration particularly on the face and other exposed parts of the body. Hyperpigmentation occurs as result of recent sun exposure, which may be diffuse or localised in the form of solar lentigo. In some areas there may be hypopigmentation, particularly where solar keratoses have been treated with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). There may be marked telangiectasia and numerous blood vessels are seen. In some, there may be thickening and a yellow hue of the skin, particularly of the neck, due to elastin deposition in the upper dermis this is known as solar elastosis.

Immune reactions

Allergic reactions to drugs such as penicillin can occur. In this case the penicillin molecule attaches to serum protein. This compound acts as an antigen and may form a complex with IgG antibody. It is this complex which attaches to blood vessel walls to produce an inflammatory reaction. This presents as a rash developing a few days to two weeks after treatment on the skin, but if it occurs in the kidneys the resulting tissue damage can have serious consequences. This is an example of Type III allergy with antigen-antibody complexes being deposited in the small blood vessels. Sometimes a much more acute anaphylactic reaction develops A fixed drug eruption is characterised by a localised patch of erythema that flares up whenever the drug is taken. Erythema multiforme can occur in drug reactions.

Rashes due to drugs

Drugs used systemically can cause a localised fixed drug eruption or a more diffuse macular or papular erythema, symmetrically distributed. In the later stages exfoliation, with shedding scales of skin, may develop. Antibiotics, particularly penicillins, are the most common cause. They also cause erythema multiforme as already mentioned. Penicillins are the most common cause of drug rashes, which range from acute anaphylaxis to persistent diffuse erythematous lesions. Joint pains, fever, and proteinuria may be associated, as in serum sickness. Ampicillin often produces a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash on the limbs seven to 20 days after the start of treatment. Such rashes occur in nearly all patients with infectious mononucleosis who are given ampicillin.

Other infections

Rochalimea infections include bacillary angiomatosis, which presents in AIDS patients with small haemangioma-like papules, and cat scratch disease where crusted nodules appear at the site of the scratch associated with the development of regional lymphadenopathy one or two months later. A maculopapular eruption on the face and limbs or erythema multiforme may occur.


In addition to topical preparations, systemic steroids may be required for the treatment of severe inflammatory skin conditions such as erythroderma developing from psoriasis or eczema. They are also used in vasculitis and erythema multiforme as well as connective tissue diseases. They are often required for the treatment of pemphigoid and pemphigus together with immunosuppressant drugs.

Scalp and face

Tinea incognito is the term used for unrecognised fungal infection in patients treated with steroids (topical or systemic). The normal response to infection (leading to erythema, scaling, a raised margin, and itching) is diminished, particularly with local steroid creams or ointments. The infecting organism flourishes, however, because of the host's impaired immune response shown by the enlarging, persistent skin lesions. The groins, hands, and face are sites where this is most likely to occur.

Scarring alopecia

The presence of inflammation does not necessarily produce marked erythema in lichen planus and lupus erythematosus, the inflammatory changes are often chronic. Systemic lupus erythematosus produces areas of inflammation that extend, leaving residual scarring. In discoid lupus erythematosus there is more scaling with keratotic plugs in the follicle. Localised scleroderma (morphoea) also causes alopecia, often with a linear atrophic lesion the en coup de sabre pattern.

Topical steroids

Topical steroids provide effective anti-inflammatory treatment but have the disadvantage of causing atrophy (due to decreased fibrin formation) and telangiectasis. They are readily absorbed by thin skin around the eyes and in flexures. On the face the halogenated steroids produce considerable telangiectasia, so nothing stronger than hydrocortisone should be used (except in lupus erythematosus). They can cause hirsutism and folliculitis or acne. Infection of the skin may be concealed (tinea incognita, for example) or made worse.

Clinical Features

Panel A bullous lesions on the forearms Panel B urticarial erythema and elevated inflammatory plaques on the trunk distributed in a figurate pattern Panel C prurigo nodularis-like presentation with generalized papular and excoriated lesions Panel D childhood form of bullous pemphigoid with vesicular and bullous lesions arranged in jewel-like clusters. The patient had IgA autoantibodies targeting BP180 Fig. 1. Bullous pemphigoid. Panel A bullous lesions on the forearms Panel B urticarial erythema and elevated inflammatory plaques on the trunk distributed in a figurate pattern Panel C prurigo nodularis-like presentation with generalized papular and excoriated lesions Panel D childhood form of bullous pemphigoid with vesicular and bullous lesions arranged in jewel-like clusters. The patient had IgA autoantibodies targeting BP180 In the bullous stage vesicles and bullae develop on apparently normal or erythematous skin together with urticated and infiltrated...

Types of acne

This is a severe form of acne, more common in boys and in tropical climates. It is extensive, affecting the trunk, face, and limbs. In acne fulminans there is associated systemic illness with malaise, fever, and joint pains. It appears to be associated with a hypersensitivity to P. acnes. Another variant is pyoderma faciale, which produces erythematous and necrotic lesions and occurs mainly in adult women. Pyoderma faciale Pyoderma faciale

Descriptive terms

Derived from the Latin for a stain, the term macule is used to describe changes in colour or consistency without any elevation above the surface of the surrounding skin. There may be an increase of melanin, giving a black or blue colour depending on the depth of the pigment. Loss of melanin leads to a white macule. Vascular dilatation and inflammation produce erythema. Atrophy refers to loss of tissue which may affect the epidermis, dermis, or subcutaneous fat. Thinning of the epidermis is characterised by loss of the normal skin markings, and there may be fine wrinkles, loss of pigment, and a translucent appearance. There may be other changes as well, such as sclerosis of the underlying connective tissue, telangiectasia, or evidence of diminished blood supply.


Spider naevi, which show a central blood vessel with radiating branches, are frequently seen in women (especially during pregnancy) and children. If they occur in large numbers, particularly in men, they may indicate liver failure. Palmar erythema and yellow nails may also be present. Erythema of the nailbeds This may be associated with connective tissue disease, such as lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and dermatomyositis.

Systemic treatment

Acitretin is a vitamin A derivative that can be prescribed only in hospital in the United Kingdom. It is useful in pustular psoriasis and has some effect on other types of psoriasis. However, the effect is increased when combined with PUVA. Minor side effects include drying of the mucous membranes, crusting in the nose, itching, thinning of the hair, and erythema of the palms and nail folds. These are usually not severe and settle when treatment stops. More serious side effects include hepatotoxicity and raised lipid concentrations. Liver function tests and serum lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) concentrations have to be carefully monitored. Etretinate is teratogenic and should only be taken by women during reproductive years if effective contraception is used during treatment and for two years afterwards, as the half life is 70-100 days. Erythematous psoriasis suitable for methotrexate treatment, having failed to respond to phototherapy Erythematous psoriasis suitable for...

Heterogeneity And Hereditary Breast Cancer

Virtually all forms of hereditary cancer show significant genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity. For example, breast cancer occurs in significant excess in disorders associated with extra-breast cancer sites, such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome (Figure 1-1), Bloom's syndrome, Cowden's disease, ataxia-telangiectasia, the breast-gastrointestinal tract cancer syndrome, extraordinarily early-onset breast cancer (Figure 1-2), and the HBOC syndrome (Figure 1-3). Undoubtedly, other tumor combinations and or hereditary syndromes which will qualify as hereditary breast cancer are yet to be identified. Space does not allow a discussion of each of these breast cancer-associated disorders (for more detail see Lynch and colleagues18).

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Medical therapy can affect the dental management of patients with GERD in a number of ways. Patients taking cimetidine (Tagament) or other H2 receptor antagonists may experience a toxic reaction to lidocaine (or other amide local anesthetics) if they are injected intravascularly. Cimetidine also has been shown to inhibit the absorption and, therefore, the blood concentration of azole antifun-gal drugs such as ketaconazole via the potent inhibition of the cytochrome P-450 3A4 enzyme system. Soft tissue changes such as esophageal stricture and fibrosis may complicate intubation if the patient requires general anesthesia for an oral maxillofacial procedure. Oral mucosal changes are minimal, however erythema and mucosal atrophy may be present as a result of chronic exposure of tissues to acid. Mild sodium bicarbonate rinses may again be useful if mild signs of stomatitis are present.

Plummer Vinson Syndrome

The Plummer-Vinson syndrome, originally described as hysterical dysphagia, is noted primarily in women in the fourth and fifth decades of life. Dysphagia is the hallmark of this disorder resulting from esophageal stricture causing many patients to have a fear of choking (Hoffman and Jaffe, 1995). Patients may present with xeroderma and a lemon-tinted cutaneous pallor, spoon-shaped fingernails (koilonychia), and splenomegaly. The oral manifestations are the direct result of an iron deficiency anemia. These include an atrophic glossitis with erythema or fissuring, angular cheilitis, thinning of the vermilion borders of the lips, and leukoplakia of the tongue. Inspection of the oral mucous membranes will disclose atrophy and hyperkera-tinization. These oral changes are similar to those encountered in the pharynx and esophagus. Carcinoma of the upper alimentary tract has been reported in 10 to 30 of patients (Chen and Chen, 1994). Thorough oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal examination are...

Clinical Manifestation

Be manifested by abdominal distention tenderness, delayed gastric emptying and vomiting. General symptoms can progress insidiously and include increased apnea and bradycardia, lethargy, and temperature instability. Fulminant NEC presents with acidosis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, peritonitis, profound apnea, rapid cardiovascular and hemodynamic collapse, and shock. Stools-reducing substance are elevated, the stools will show traces of occult blood, and diarrhea may be present. As abdominal distention progresses, the gastric residuals rise, and within a short period the urine volume decreases and osmolarity rises. Abdominal erythema can appear and gastric aspirate becomes bile stained. At this stage, the child may have hypotension and may have gross blood in diarrheal stools.

Familial and Genetic Factors

Den syndrome and Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and more recently, ataxia-telangiectasia.24,25 Cow-den syndrome involves multiple hamartomatous lesions, especially of the skin, and mucous membranes, and carcinoma of the breast and thyroid. Li-Fraumeni syndrome, associated with a high incidence of p53 mutations, consists of a familial aggregation of breast carcinomas, soft tissue sarcomas, brain tumors, osteosarcomas, leukemias, and adrenocortical carcinomas.

Preoperative abnormalities

Telangiectasia, systemic or pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM),and aneurysms, constitute the three forms of angiodysplasia.Telangiectasia usually appear in the second or third decade, and blanch with pressure.The evolution of telangiectasia involves loss of resistance vessels in the capillary beds, dilatation, elongation, and tortuosity of the venules, and arteriolar dilatation. As a result, direct arteriovenous connections form, that have no resistance between them (Guttmacher et al 1995).There may be dilated blood vessels over the lips and fingertips, and clubbing may be present. 2. Recurrent epistaxis from nasal telangiectasia is an early sign of the disease in 90 of patients, recurrent epistaxis started before the age of 21.A variety of treatments include Nd YAG laser and argon plasma coagulation under local anaesthesia (Bergler et al 1999).

Anaesthetic problems

Skin changes result in difficulties with venous access.The contractures of the mouth are susceptible to damage, and may give poor access to the oral cavity. Bleeding can occur from telangiectasia in the mouth. Several problems were encountered during dental extraction. Injection into a peripheral cannula produced local complications in the patient's hand, and insertion of the mouth prop caused a tear of the angle of the mouth (Davidson-Lamb & Finlayson 1977). Selective narrowing of the ulnar arteries, caused by smooth thickening along their whole length, has been found in a study of 20 patients (Stafford et al 1998). 2. Patients with oesophageal involvement may be more prone to acid reflux and regurgitation. Abnormalities of oesophageal function can occur even in asymptomatic individuals, and there is an inability of the oesophagus to empty without the aid of gravity. Mallory Weiss syndrome has been reported to complicate pregnancy (Chin et al 1995). Severe bleeding can occur from...

Combined B and TCell or Primary TCell Deficiencies

Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is an autosomal recessive disorder usually presenting between ages 2 and 5 years with ataxia and telangiectasias of the nose, conjunctiva, ears, or shoulders. These patients have T-cell defects secondary to thymic hypoplasia, and IgA deficiency occurs in 50 of patients. A defect in the ATM gene, a protein kinase involved in cell cycle control and DNA repair, is the culprit in this disorder and also leads to the increased risk of malignancy (IUIS Committee, 1999). DiGeorge Syndrome is the result of a congenital defect in migration of the third and fourth branchial arches, leading to thymic hypoplasia and other developmental abnormalities. The severity of the T-cell defect corresponds to degree of thymic aplasia, and those patients with severe T-cell defects are susceptible to opportunistic infections. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked recessive disorder resulting from a defect in the WAS protein, which is involved in intracellular signaling and...

Altered Lamin A Splicing and Progeroid Syndromes

The best known segmental progeroid syndromes are due to defects of nuclear DNA repair mechanisms. These include Bloom syndrome, ataxia-telangiectasia (Louis-Bar syndrome), Fanconi's anemia, xeroderma pigmentosa, Cockayne's syndrome, trichothiodystrophy, RothmundThomson syndrome, and other related disorders (for review see Woods 1998 Hasty et al. 2003).

Molecular Determinants Of Angiogenesis In Cutaneous Hemangiomas

To study the relationship between hemangiomas and the microenvironment, the authors developed an in vivo model to study transitive epidermal hyperplasia and angiogenesis using UV-B irradiation of mice. Mice exposed to 10 kJ m2 UV-B developed increasing epidermal hyperplasia and dermal angiogenesis and telangiectasia during the first week following irradiation, but these slowly subsided over the following 7 wk. The authors investigated the production of positive and negative regulators of angiogenesis in this model, and found that the first striking event following UV-B irradiation was the increase in production of bFGF in the keratinocytes of the epidermis (Bielenberg et al., in press). The increase in bFGF proceeded, or at least coincided with, the division of epidermal cells, recognized by immunohistochemical staining with antibodies to proliferating-cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). Days 3-7 following UV-B irradiation showed marked hyperplasia and angiogenesis. The expression of VEGF...

Other Disorders That May Affect The Basal Ganglion Disorders And May Have Abnormal Eye Movements

Ataxia telangiectasia results from a defect on chromosome 11q. Characteristic eye signs include an ocular motor apraxia with hypometria and increased latency, but normal velocity of saccades with head thrusts (116-119). Both vertical and horizontal saccades are affected. Other features are gaze-evoked nystagmus, periodic alternating nystagmus, square-wave jerks, and unusual slow smooth-pursuit-like movements that are used to change gaze voluntarily when saccades are difficult to generate. a-Feto protein levels are usually dramatically elevated.

Tufts New England Medical Center

There are limited data from the same institution comparing outcomes between different APBI techniques. One such report from the investigators from Tufts-New England Medical Center led by Wazer compared toxicity in 75 women receiving HDR interstitial brachytherapy and that seen in 20 women receiving intracavitary brachytherapy (Shah et al. 2004). Seven patients (20 ) had the procedure aborted prior to treatment due to balloon rupture, hemorrhage, or inadequate skin thickness. In their series, grade 2-4 subcutaneous fibrosis was significantly less with the intracavitary than with the interstitial brachytherapy method (10 versus 32 ). An important distinguishing point is that a much smaller volume of breast tissue was irradiated with the balloon technique (101 cm3 versus 176 cm3). The authors compared the volumes receiving 100 (34 Gy), 150 (51 Gy), and 200 (68 Gy) and concluded that the reduced fibrosis in the intra-cavitary patients was due to the smaller treatment volumes. However,...

Management of heel ulcer

The first sign of a heel ulcer is localized erythema. If pressure is not relieved a 'blister' will develop, which fills first with clear fluid and subsequently with serosanguineous fluid. The base of the blister becomes blue and then black. If pressure is not relieved then deep necrosis may develop. Tense heel blisters should be opened and drained using aseptic precautions.

Pathological Infective Skin Rashes That May Be Seen In Gum Clinics

Candida infections can cause marked skin irritation and oedema. Erythema is commonly present in women and fissuring may occur at the introitus. Though infection is less common in men, mild erythema and balanitis or balanoposthitis may occur, with fissuring of the prepuce.

Clinical Presentation and Management

Diagnosis of PGL is often difficult because symptoms are typically vague and nonspecific. The most common presenting symptom is dyspepsia and epigastric pain (Frazee and Roberts, 1992). Nausea, vomiting, perforation, bleeding, and obstruction are uncommon. Thirty percent to 50 of patients with lymphoma that extends to the small bowel initially present with an abdominal emergency (Stephens and Smith, 1998). Lymphadenopathy is rare. Erythema, erosions and ulcers are commonly visualized upon endoscopy, usually in the location of the antrum, and, less frequently, multifocal disease can also be present.

Gangrenous Cellulitis in the Immunocompromised Host

Cellulitis in the immunocompromised can be caused by expected pathogens as well as opportunistic ones. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the major pathogen causing a sharply demarcated necrotic area with black eschar and surrounding erythema that may evolve from initial hemorrhagic bulla. Rhizopus spp. can be indolent, with slowly enlarging black ulcer, or may be rapidly progressive. The lesion has a central anesthetic black necrotic area with surrounding violaceous cellulitis and edema (10). Ulcerative or nodular lesions due to opportunistic organisms can develop in immunocompromised patients after trauma.

Soft Tissue Infection

On examination, he had a lax blister containing purulent fluid under his left midsole. There was extensive surrounding erythema and callus formation under the second metatarsal head (Figure 8.3). The blister was removed and dressed, and the patient was advised to use crutches and walk on his heel. He was treated with clindamycin for 2 weeks. Debridement of the callus was also carried out. Figure 8.3 A lax blister containing purulent fluid under the midsole with extensive surrounding erythema. Injury caused by a coin in the shoe which was not felt by the patient. Callus formation under the second metatarsal head is apparent Figure 8.3 A lax blister containing purulent fluid under the midsole with extensive surrounding erythema. Injury caused by a coin in the shoe which was not felt by the patient. Callus formation under the second metatarsal head is apparent Diabetic bullae may also cause blisters in diabetic patients. They occur on the lower legs, the dorsum of the feet, hands, and...

Footwearrelated blisters

A 72-year-old lady with type 2 diabetes of 10 years' duration, with a rockerbottom Charcot foot treated in a total-contact cast, was issued with a new pair of special shoes. She was instructed to wear them for only 5 min day at first, but went shopping and wore them for 2 h. She developed blisters on the side of her foot with a halo of erythema (Fig. 4.10a). The blisters were opened and drained in the diabetic foot clinic. Sterile dressings were applied and lifted every day to check for deterioration. The blisters were dry and healing well within 2 weeks (Fig. 4.10b) and fully healed within 2 months.

Patients And Methods

We examined a sample of 372 patients from the German Registry of Adamantiades-Behget's disease6. All patients suffered from manifest ABD and fulfilled the criteria of the Behget's disease classification tree7. We analysed the association structure of gender, nationality, family history, and anti-cardiolipin antibodies positivity, onset sign, duration of the development of the disease, and severe disease in the patients sample. Severe disease included death, blindness, and documented severe vascular, CNS, lung, gastrointestinal, and articular involvement. Vascular sign included ocular changes, erythema nodosum, and thrombophlebitis. For

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Streptococcal gangrene is an infection due to either group A, C, or G streptococci, initiated as an area of painful erythema and edema, which is followed in 24 to 72 hours by dusky skin, and yellowish to red-black fluid-filled bullae (3). The area is demarcated and is covered by necrotic eschar, surrounded by erythema resembling a third-degree burn. Unless treated a rapid progression occurs with frank cutaneous gangrene, accompanied sometimes by myonecrosis. Penetration along fascial planes can occur, followed by thrombophlebitis in the lower extremities, bacteremia at metastatic abscesses, and rapid death. Differentiation between cellulitis and NF is important. Cellulitis can be treated with antimicrobials alone while NF requires also surgical debridement of necrotic tissues. NF due to mixed anaerobic-aerobic flora is usually associated with endogenous source of the organisms, and presents in slightly different fashion. The involved area is first erythematous, erythematous ing...

Relapse of Charcots osteoarthropathy or infection

A 60-year-old type 1 diabetic of 42 years' duration who had bilateral Charcot's osteoarthropathy affecting both feet and 12 years' previous history of ulcers and infections, was referred to the foot clinic with a hot, swollen left ankle and erythema over the medial malleolus. Both her feet were intact. The left foot was very painful on weightbearing. A provisional diagnosis of infection was made although we could not be sure that this was not a relapse of Charcot's osteoarthropathy. She was given intravenous vancomycin 1 g bd, ceftazidime 1 g tds, metronidazole 500 mg tds and oral fucidin 500 mg tds as she had recently had an MRSA infection. The ankle initially appeared to settle, but after 3 days she developed severe pain in the left foot and ankle at rest, with a fever of 39 C and rigors. She went to theatre and an abscess communicating with the subtalar joint was drained. A swab showed pus cells but no growth. She healed in 4 months, but came back to the foot clinic again with a...

Coadministration with other CYP3A enzymatic pathway drugs Clarithromycin cisapride terfenadine

The most frequent and significant adverse effect with delavirdine is a rash, which occurred in 18 of clinical trial participants (138,140). The rash is typically a diffuse, erythematous, maculopapular exanthem on the upper body and proximal arms, with or without pruritus. It usually arises within one to three weeks of treatment initiation, and resolves between 3 to 14 days after onset and usually does not require dose reduction or discontinuation (after interrupted treatment). A severe rash (requiring discontinuation of drug) was reported in 3.6 of subjects in the clinical trials (146). Delavirdine should be promptly discontinued if the rash is associated with fever, mucous membrane involvement, swelling, or arthralgias. Erythema multiforme. Erythema multiforme occurs in approximately one of 1000 patients taking delavirdine.

Skunk calicivirus Vesvscv A strain of

Slapped cheek disease A popular name for the infectious childhood rash called Erythema infectiosum, the major manifestation of infection with B19 virus. An exanthematous rash illness that gives the child the appearance of having slapped cheeks. In 1905 Cheinisse gave it the name 'fifth disease' of six erythematous rash diseases of childhood which he described. Other names given to it include 'academy rash' and 'Sticker's disease'.

Other Infective Conditions Commonly Seen In Gum Clinics

Adult lice and their eggs can be seen with the naked eye and may appear initially as scabs. Closer visualisation using magnification reveals their true identity. The insects feed on host blood, which they obtain by biting. Patients may present with itching or redness, which is a result of the bites. This reaction varies from person to person. Generally in unexposed people a period of five days can pass before allergic sensitisation occurs, leading to itching, which in turn leads to scratching, erythema, and inflammation. It may be possible also to observe dark-coloured specks on the skin or underwear. There are louse excreta.

Preoperative Evaluation

The clinical examination includes inspection of the perineum. Digital examination will assess the resting and squeeze tones of the anal sphincters. Proctoscopy or endoscopy will frequently reveal an area of mild erythema within the lower rectum. Sometimes a solitary rectal ulcer will be found in the mid-rectum. This may sometimes be difficult to distinguish from a polyp or tumor, and biopsies may therefore be needed. Evaluation of the remaining colon is encouraged, to exclude any coexisting colorectal pathology, particularly cancer. Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome (SRUS) is discussed later in this chapter.

Clinical Signs and Diagnosis

The wound can look benign, with minimal erythema, induration or discharge, but the organism and toxin are usually present. Wound botulism has been reported in parenteral drug abusers (31,32). Therefore, botulism should be considered in any patient with typical neurologic symptoms, even if gastrointestinal symptoms are not present.

Skin Anomalies Pathological Noninfective

Lichen planus is an inflammatory eruption of the skin and mucous membranes of unknown aetiology. In the reticular (lacy) pattern there may be mild to severe pruritus, and the erosive and ulcerative form presents with pain and burning. On examination there may be small purple papules with a lacy or reticulated surface. In erosive disease there may be a glazed erythema with tenderness to touch or frank almost ulcerated erosions, often with a lacy or slightly greyish edge. Eczema is a non-infectious condition that may develop following skin irritation or via an immune pathway. Eczema is a collection of clinical findings rather than a particular disease. Patients may present with papules, vesicles, erythema, fissures, weeping and oedema in an acute stage. Itching is often present, and angular and linear erosions produced by finger nails are common. Scaling and lichenification are common in the chronic stage. When lichenification occurs on the mucous membrane of the vulva the skin...

Clinical Manifestations

With infection in the anterior compartment, there is usually high fever and chills, tender swelling below the angle of the mandible, induration and erythema of the side of the neck, and trismus. Most patients are acutely ill, have odynophagia, dysphagia, and mild dyspnea. A bulge in the lateral pharyngeal wall can be observed but the tonsil is normal in size and relatively uninflamed. Torticollis toward the side of the abscess (due to muscle spasm) is found often as is cervical lymphadenitis (CL). The classical triad of pharyngomaxillary abscess occurs only in anterior compartment syndrome and includes (i) tonsillar and tonsillar fossa prolapse, (ii) trismus, and (iii) swelling of the parotid area. Infection in the posterior compartment is characterized by signs of septicemia, with minimal pain or trismus. Swelling can often be overlooked because it is deep behind the palatopharyngeal arch. Indirect laryngoscopy can reveal ipsilateral obliteration of the pyriform sinus. A tender high...

Symptoms of Pheochromocytoma

Children with pheochromocytoma are more prone to diaphoresis and visual changes than are adults. They are prone to have sustained (instead of paroxysmal) hypertension. Nausea, vomiting, headache, weight loss, polydipsia, polyuria, and convulsions occur frequently in children with pheochro-mocytoma. Children with pheochromocytoma may develop edema and erythema of the hands, a condition rarely found in adults.15 Children are more prone to having multiple tumors in one series, 39 had bilateral adrenal pheochromocytomas, an adrenal pheochromocytoma plus a paraganglioma, or multiple paragangliomas single paragangliomas were reported in an additional 14 of children.16

Gibbon ape type C oncovirus See Gibbon ape leukemia virus

Gloves and socks syndrome A petechial or papular-purpuric rash on the hands and feet of children and adults. Following infection there is acute onset of fever, exanthem, edema and erythema of the hands and feet that has been associated with parvovirus B19 infection syndrome has also been described in relation to cytomegalovirus infection.

Characteristics of staff authorised to take responsibility for the supply or administration of medicines under Patient

Clinical condition - The PGD is applicable to any patient (male or female) who has been diagnosed with genital candidiasis. Genital candidiasis is a fungal infection and is commonly caused by the species Candida albicans. In women the sites of infection may include the vulva, vagina and the urethra, and in men the most common sites include the glans, prepuce and urethra. Signs and symptoms are variable. Women may complain of a thick white vaginal discharge, pruritus, soreness, erythema, dysuria and dyspareunia. Fissuring may be apparent on the vulva. Men may present with a visible rash on the glans and they may also complain of pruritus and dysuria. Diagnosis is confirmed either clinically, microscopically (by wet and dry slide) or by culture media. Inclusion criteria - symptomatic patients who have had Candida diagnosed clinically and or microscopically, and symptomatic patients who have had Candida diagnosed on culture. Exclusion criteria - this includes female patients who have...

The Pruritis of Cholestasis

Bile acids, which accumulate in tissues as a result of cholestasis, have been implicated in the pathogenesis of the pruritus. Thus far, there are no scientific data that convincingly support a role of bile acids in this type of pruritus. Histamine, which was reported to accumulate in plasma in patients with cholestasis, has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of the pruritus. The characteristics of histamine-mediated pruritus (ie, cutaneous edema and erythema), however, are absent from the skin of patients with the pruritus of cholestasis, although skin lesions secondary to chronic scratching are common.

Mammo Site and the FDA Trial

Time of lumpectomy due to knowledge regarding final pathology. The patients tolerated therapy well. The most commonly reported radiation effects were limited to mild or moderate erythema without desquamation. In addition, other less common but significant events included moist desquamation in three patients, two infections including an abscess requiring drainage, and three seromas requiring drainage due to patient discomfort. No definite serious device-related events were reported. In four patients, serious adverse events were noted that were potentially related to the device these were the previously mentioned abscess and seromas. The trial led to United States FDA approval of the device in May 2002 (Keisch et al. 2003).

Alteration to surrounding tissue

Fingernail Abnormalities Photos

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.

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

Proximal Detachment The Nail

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.

Open Freehand Interstitial Catheter Insertion

Apbi Cross Catheter

The spacing between needles within a plane varies with the size of the implant. Smaller volumes require closer spacing and larger volumes can be cover with wider spacing. For example, when using a single-plane implant, the needle spacing typically is 1.0-1.2 cm. For double-plane implants, the spacing is 1.5 cm. In high-risk areas such as directly under the lumpectomy scar, smoother dose distributions under the skin can be obtained by adding extra catheters in between the original marks at a superficial depth. By adding these extra catheters, called the gauntlet under the skin, the dose under the skin can be feathered by varying the dwell times without overdosing the skin surface and running the late risk of telangiectasia.

Senescence of the Organ Systems

Senescence Saladin

Aged skin has fewer blood vessels than younger skin, and those that remain are more fragile. The skin can become reddened as broken vessels leak into the connective tissue. Many older people exhibit rosacea patchy networks of tiny, dilated blood vessels visible especially on the nose and cheeks. Because of the fragility of the dermal blood vessels, aged skin bruises more easily. Injuries to the skin are more common and severe in old age, partly because the cutaneous nerve endings decline by two-thirds from age 20 to 80, leaving one less aware of touch, pressure, and injurious stimuli. Injured skin heals slowly in old age because of poorer circulation and a relative scarcity of immune cells and fibroblasts. Antigen-presenting dendritic cells decline by as much as 40 in the aged epidermis, leaving the skin more susceptible to recurring infections.

Umbilical Artery In Adults

Alcohol Absorption Pics

Percutaneous alcohol absorption with resultant erythema and burns to the buttocks of a premature infant. During placement of an umbilical arterial catheter, alcohol or iodine may track down the sides of the abdomen and soak the underlying sheet. Evaporation is restricted from the skin in contact with the underlying sheet and this may result in irritation, erythema, and severe burns, especially in a premature infant with very sensitive skin. Figure 7.9. Percutaneous alcohol absorption with resultant erythema and burns to the buttocks of a premature infant. During placement of an umbilical arterial catheter, alcohol or iodine may track down the sides of the abdomen and soak the underlying sheet. Evaporation is restricted from the skin in contact with the underlying sheet and this may result in irritation, erythema, and severe burns, especially in a premature infant with very sensitive skin.

Phase III Trial of Prone 3D Conformal APBI New York University

Lung were avoided completely in the beam arrangement. Of 47 patients entering treatment, 46 completed. Most of the patients were treated in the prone position (four were treated supine due to patient intolerance of the prone position or because the lumpec-tomy cavity was located in the axillary tail). The median follow-up was 18 months. The most common acute toxicity was erythema which was seen in 60 of patients at grade 1-2. Late toxicity, totaling 21 in 14 patients, was primarily grade 1 and cosmetic results were mostly good to excellent. Only two patients had fair cosmetic results and no patients had a worse score after radiation than their postoperative baseline score. At this short follow-up, no patients had local recurrence. The mean and median lumpectomy cavity or CTV was 52 cm3 and 34 cm3, respectively (range 7-379 cm3). The mean and median PTV was 228 cm3 and 192 cm', respectively (range 57-1118 cm'). The mean and median ipsilateral breast volumes were 1102 cm3 and 1006 cm5,...

Beaumont Hospital APBI Fat Necrosis

Breast Brachytherapy

Can be for both the better and the worse. Some end-point measures significantly improved with time. For example, the cosmetic rating was scored as excellent good in 95 at a median follow-up of < 6 months but improved to 99 after 60 months. Breast pain, present in 27 at < 6 months, decreased to 9 at > 5 years. Similarly, edema and erythema progressively improved over the observation period (Fig. 17.1). In contrast, other measured end-points clearly worsened with prolonged follow-up. Over time, the incidence of fat necrosis, subcutaneous fibrosis, and telangiectasias all progressively increased (Figs. 17.1-17.4). Of particular note, the incidence of fat necrosis rose from 0.5 at < 6 months to 11 at > 5 years (Fig. 17.2). These findings underscore the complexity inherent in the assessment of late normal-tissue effects after APBI as the incidence of any given endpoint will be highly dependent upon when the measurement was obtained. As such, all short follow-up, snap-shot views...

Desquamation Ichthyosis

Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis

In bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (epidermolytic hyperkeratosis) there is a combination of bullous lesions, erythema, and desquamation. The presence of bullae is highly characteristic of this disorder. The blisters occur in crops and vary from 0.5 cm to several cm in diameter. They are superficial, tender, and when ruptured leave raw denuded areas. The bullous lesions present at birth and result in the erythema and scaling as noted here. The differential diagnosis includes epidermolysis bullosa, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and the different types of ichthyosis. Figure 1.222. The torso of the same infant as in Figure 1.221 showing the typical erythema and desquamation following rupture of the bullous lesions. Improvement is rapid in these infants and with healing a generalized hyperkeratosis may remain. This consists of thick grayish-brown scales which cover most of the skin surface especially the flexural creases and inter-triginous areas which may show...

Historical Perspective

A new drug application (NDA 12-611) was originally submitted for thalidomide in September 1960 to the then Bureau of Medicine (a precursor to the FDA) (8). It was being indicated for use in the treatment of somnolence and as a mild hypnotic. At that time thalidomide was widely used in Europe and was considered a safe and effective sedative. The application was found to have significant shortcomings by three reviewers and additional data was requested. In February 1961 reports emerged of peripheral neuritis occuring in individuals receiving long-term treatment with thalidomide, a further delay in the application, which caused review. In addition, concerns were starting to be raised about possible adverse effects to the fetus if administered during pregnancy. In November 1961 the application was put on hold and subsequently withdrawn because of data from Germany suggesting an association between phocomelia (a rare birth defect) and thalidomide. In 1965 efficacy was reported in the...

Anaphylactoid or Pseudoallergic

Anaphylactoid or pseudoallergic reactions to food result from foods that mimic the effects of mast cell degranulation but do not involve IgE antibodies. Strawberries and shellfish may cause this type of ARF. Certain food ingredients, including additives such as salicylates, benzoates, and tartrazine, induce pseudoallergic reactions. As with true food allergy, patients exhibiting such reactions should be instructed to avoid the offending food substance if identifiable. Pharmacological reactions to food or food additives represent a relatively common type of ARF, although most of these reactions cause symptoms outside of the GI tract. Histamine found in certain cheeses or in scrombroid fish, such as tuna, can cause headaches and diffuse erythema of the skin. Certain individuals develop migraine headaches to various foodstuffs, including those rich in amines. Sulfites, tartrazine and monosodium glutamate (MSG) have all been associated with asthma, and MSG can cause a characteristic...

Tumour With Ulceration Colon

Generalized lymphoma tends to occur in the left side of the colon and in the rectum. Viewed endoscopically, the affected mucosa appears friable, indurated, and erythema-tous exophytic tumor growth is very rare. Another endo-scopic appearance is characterized by multiple small, slightly raised, or flat elevated, polypoid lesions (0 10.6).

Glucagonoma VIPoma Somatostatinoma ECLoma and Nonfunctional Tumors

The long-acting somatostatin analog ocreotide is now considered to be the drug of choice in the medical palliation of unresectable functional tumors because of improved efficacy over other thera-pies.13 59 The treatment for the migratory necrolytic erythema associated with glucagonomas is normalization of amino acid levels, oral zinc therapy, and even glucose or normal saline infusion.60,61 Octreotide is the drug of choice for glucagonomas. These patients are often poor operative candidates because of poor nutrition from the catabolic state. If surgery is contemplated, then blood transfusions, total parenteral nutrition, and control of hyper-glycemia, as well as anticoagulation, have been recommended for the preoperative period.61

Mayo Patients With Complex Aphthosis

A substantial number (almost 60 ) of patients had associated conditions relevant to their complex aphthosis problem (Table 2). Anemia and or hematinic deficiencies were present in 61 (25.0 ), gastrointestinal disease in 41 (16.8 ), and hematopoietic and immunodeficiency conditions in 12 (4.9 ) of patients. The onset was associated with smoking cessation in 10 (4.1 ), drug reactions in 8 (3.3 ), and chronic trauma in 6 (2.5 ) of patients. Twelve patients (4.9 ) had pseudo-Behget's disease, 8 patients (3.3 ) had cicatrizing oropharyngeal disease, while 4 (1.6 ) had erythema multiforme associated with complex aphthosis. It is notable that 25 patients with complex aphthosis and BD were seen during this same period.

GERD and Airway Disease

We have observed that the presence of acid in the pharynx on pH monitoring is a strong predictor of respiratory symptom response to medical and surgical therapy. We have, therefore, used this test liberally and found its positive predictive value to be quite helpful. In patients with laryngeal manifestations (eg, cough, hoarseness) direct laryngoscopy can be of additional value. It can identify erythema, edema, polyps, or other signs of airway irritation or injury. Unfortunately, no individual finding is diagnostic of reflux-induced injury. However, the combination of abnormal laryngoscopy and pharyngeal reflux provides the strongest evidence currently available for reflux-induced airway injury.

ABC of arterial and venous disease Varicose veins

Saphenous Vein Woman

Varicose veins are tortuous, twisted, or lengthened veins. Unless the enlargement is severe, size alone does not indicate abnormality because size can vary depending on ambient temperature and, in women, hormonal factors. In addition, normal superficial veins in a thin person may appear large, whereas varicose veins in an obese person may be hidden. Varicose veins can be classified as trunk, reticular, or telangiectasia. Telangiectasia are also referred to as spider veins, star bursts, thread veins, or matted veins. Most varicose veins are primary only the minority are secondary to conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and occlusion, pelvic tumours, or arteriovenous fistulae. A study of people aged 35 to 70 years in London in 1992 concluded that the prevalence of varicose veins in men and women was 17 and 31 respectively. Although varicose veins have traditionally been considered commoner in women, a recent study from Edinburgh of people aged 18 to 64 years found that the prevalence...

Evaluation Of The Conservatively Treated Breast

The mammographic findings of skin thickening, irregular breast parenchyma, and breast edema following surgery and radiation are most prominent on the post-treatment baseline study and typically diminish over 2 to 3 years following conservative therapy.3032 Once mammo-graphic stability of the breast has been established, any increase in the architectural distortion or enlargement of the dense scar at the surgical site suggests the presence of recurrent tumor. Interrupted lymphatic drainage after extensive axillary node dissection may produce chronic breast edema. Recurrent edema with erythema may be a manifestation of infection (mastitis), inflammatory breast carcinoma, or recurrent breast cancer with lymphatic involvement. Postoperative fluid collections, such as hematomas or seromas at the lumpectomy site, present mammographically as high-density oval masses that may have ill-defined or spiculated margins (see Figure 3-27). These diminish in size as the fluid is resorbed over a...

Introduction and Overview

The title of this book might suggest that one mode of cell death (apoptosis) and one mode of growth arrest (senescence) represent the critical elements of tumor cell responses to various forms of cancer therapy. However, a quick glance through the section and chapter headings will readily convey the range of possible responses to both conventional therapies, such as standard cytotoxic drugs and radiation, to more recent therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies and targeting of specific receptor and signaling pathways, to developing modalities, such as photodynamic therapy and approaches targeting the vascular system. With regard to senescence, in addition to the relatively recent realization that senescence is likely to mediate the growth arrest response to many therapeutic treatments and could potentially act as a rational drug response, a considerable section of this book has been devoted to the role of senescence in genomic instability and tumor development. In addition, the reader...

European Mammo Site Brachytherapy Trials

The side effects in patients (n 24) treated in Germany and Hungary are listed in Table 16.6. The most common toxicity was mild or moderate erythema in the high skin dose area with or without desquamation. Other less-common events were hyperpig-mentation, mastitis, seroma, abscess, edema and fistula. Five serious adverse events were recorded, three of which were device related (two abscesses and one fistula). Patients who developed an abscess show only minor cosmetic deterioration at a follow-up of 1 year. No abscess was observed in patients receiving antibiotic prophylaxis. Erythema Hyperpigmentation Seroma Abscess Erythema Hyperpigmentation Seroma Abscess Telangiectasia The balloon surface to skin distance is a critical point in terms of avoiding toxicity. In Europe a minimum skin distance of 7 mm was allowed. Van Limbergen et al. (1989) reported that the risk of telangiectasia is increased if doses for the subcutaneous skin vessels exceed 46 Gy. Van Limbergen et al. (1987, 1990)...

Exonic Point Mutations Leading to Aberrant Splicing

The identification of exonic splicing motifs revealed that mutations in coding regions might also affect the splicing pattern of their pre-mRNAs. Disruption of these splicing motifs, whether by nonsense, missense, or silent mutations, might promote skipping of an exon, or of part of an exon. This was shown for several human disease genes, such as ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM), neurofibromatosis (NF)-1, breast cancer (BRCA)1, survival motor neuron (SMN), and CFTR (Aznarez et al. 2003 Caceres and Kornblihtt 2002 Cartegni et al. 2002 Faustino and Cooper 2003 Liu et al. 2001 Nissim-Rafinia and Kerem 2002 Pagani et al. 2003b). Since direct RNA analysis is not routinely performed for diagnosis, it is likely that the fraction of splicing mutations is larger than was anticipated.

Characteristics Heterogeneity and Subsets of Systemic Sclerosis

Sis cutis, RP, esophageal dysfunction, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia belongs to the limited SSc subset. Furthermore, a distinct intermediate cutaneous (ic) SSc subset, which differs from both lcSSc and dcSSc in terms of evolution and prognosis, should be differentiated 38, 39 . Scleroderma-specific autoantibodies associate strongly with distinct clinical phenotypes, making serologic testing of great diagnostic aid. Out of the several autoantibody specificities detected in the sera of SSc patients (Table 10.3) anti-centromere antibodies (ACAs), anti-scl-70 antibodies, and anti-RNA polymerase III antibodies are useful for defining subgroups in the clinical setting. For example, ACAs are confined to patients with lcSSc and are associated with calcinosis, telangiectasia, and a longer survival. Anti-scl-70 antibodies are more prevalent in, but not specific of, dcSSc (and icSSc) and are associated with interstitial lung fibrosis 40 . Anti-RNA polymerase III antibodies are associated...

Simple And Complex Aphthosis

The lesions of RAS may be associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Simple or complex aphthosis may antedate, coexist, or serve as a marker for increasing intestinal disease activity. Patients with IBD not only have lesions of RAS but may also have erythema nodosum, papulopustular lesions or lesions of pustular vasculitis, and inflammatory ocular disease such as iritis and uveitis. Thus the distinction between multisystem IBD and BD may be difficult18-21.

Antiproteinase 3 Antibodies PR3ANCAs

Proteinase 3 (PR3) is a multifunctional protein found in the azurophil (primary) granules of neutrophils, in the granules of monocytes, and in the cytoplasm of endothelial cells. Antibodies against PR3 are highly specific for WG. The diagnostic sensitivity of these AABs is dependent on the stage and activity of disease roughly 50 in the inactive initial stage, roughly 60 in active mono- or oligosymptomatic forms (kidney or lung involvement), and virtually 100 in the active generalized phase. A positive PR3-ANCA result is highly specific and permits the definitive diagnosis of early and abortive forms of WG as well as a number of limited forms of WG, e.g., in patients with scleritis, episcleritis, subglottic stenosis, Tolosa-Hunt syndrome, facial paresis, cranial polyneuritis, peripheral neuropathy, secondary polychondritis, pulmonary hemorrhage, idio-pathic progressive necrotizing nephritis, and hemodialysis patients with renal failure of unclear origin (reviewed in 62 ). PR3-ANCAs...

Blue discolouration in a neuroischaemic foot

A 48-year-old man with type 1 diabetes mellitus of 20 years' duration, peripheral neuropathy, background retinopathy and no proteinuria presented with a 1-week history of malaise, high blood glucose and a 2-day history of discomfort and redness of the right foot. There was no history of trauma. There was an area of erythema over the dorsum and both medial and lateral aspects of the right foot, which was also oedematous. There was no break in the skin (Fig. 5.20a).

The Role of Damage Response Pathways in Stem Cell Aging

Fasl Induced Calcium

Elucidation of the role in stem cells of the ATM (Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated) damage-response pathway has begun to clear up the picture. To interrelate telomere regulation with cellular damage responses, it should be noted that one of the cardinal roles of ATM is in telomere regulation (80). In Atm ' mice, not only do telomeres dysfunction but cellular oxidant levels rise and it was found that the hematopoietic stem cell population was diminished resulting in aplasia and severe anemia in mice only 6 months old (81, 82). Treatment of Atm ' mice with the hydrogen peroxide scavenger N-acetyl-cysteine rescued the stem cell aplasia and restored self-renewal via mechanisms independent from the role of ATM in maintaining telomere stability (81). In a recently published extension of these studies, Ito and colleagues showed that oxidative stress in stem cells, but not progenitor cells, activated the p38 MAPK pathway, a relatively general damage control pathway responding to diverse cellular...

Reconstruction Of The Partial Mastectomy Defect

The treated breast is subject to edema, retraction, fibrosis, calcification, hyperpigmentation, depigmentation, telangiectasia formation, and atrophy. It is not until 24 to 36 months postradiation that radiation-induced changes stabilize. Initial edema camouflages the initial deficit and is replaced with fibrosis and contracture that tends to worsen with time. Deficits within the lower pole tend to retract upward. Deficits along the superomedial aspect of the breast are difficult to camouflage due to the paucity of available adjacent tissue and are, unfortunately, socially conspicuous. Centrally located lesions are more forgiving unless resection involves some aspect of the nipple-areolar complex.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Didanosine Erythema, macules, papules oral ddl and esophageal ulcers Ofuji Stavudine Erythema, macules, papules Lamivudine Alopecia, erythema, macules, 3TC papules, pruritis, urticaria Nevirapine Erythematous macules and NVP papular eruption Stevens- Delavirdine Erythematous macular and DLV papular exanthem + - pruritis Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme Morbilliform or macular and papular eruptions Less common blistering, desquamation, ulceration Rare Stevens-Johnson syndrome erythema mutliforme Erythematous macules and papules, dry skin, alopecia, paronychia, pyogenic granulomas and others listed under SQV rare Stevens-Johnson syndrome Same as listed under SQV

Conformal External Beam APBI

The data available to assess normal tissue effects after 3D conformal external beam APBI are very limited and conclusions are, at best, preliminary. One of the largest experiences reported to date is that from the William Beaumont Hospital (Baglan et al. 2003 Vicini et al. 2003) where 31 patients were treated with 34 or 38.5 Gy in ten twice-daily fractions. After a median follow-up of 10 months, no significant immediate toxicity was seen beyond grade 1 skin erythema. At 4-8 weeks of follow-up, only grade 1 and 2 toxicity was seen in 61 and 10 , respectively. Cosmetic results were rated good or excellent in all patients with up to 2 years of follow-up. These promising preliminary data have lead to multi-institutional prospective phase II and phase III trials (RTOG 0319, RTOG 0413 NSABP B-39) to further test this approach.

Background 21 Cosmetic Procedures

Laser and light-assisted hair removal is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis. Selective absorption by hair chromophores of energy from lasers and broadband light sources may result in destruction of hair follicles while leaving the skin undamaged, although there are significant differences according to the specific characteristics of the patients and techniques used (8). In general, laser therapy is more effective in women with darker hair and lighter skin. Efficacy is lower and complications are more common in women with darker skin. Transient erythema and edema are common after laser therapy, and blistering, crusting, or alterations in skin pigmentation may also occur.

Massachusetts General Hospital Experience

Lumpectomy Ptv Breast Rtog

The initial clinical data acquired from the first 22 patients who underwent treatment reported by Taghian et al. at a follow-up of 1-6 months supports the feasibility and minimal acute toxicity of 3D conformal APBI demonstrated in other studies. The eligibility criteria included histology of invasive ductal carcinoma < 2 cm, negative lymph nodes, negative margins by at least 2 mm, and no lymphovascular space invasion or extensive intraductal component. The prescribed dose was 32 Gy in eight fractions twice daily separated by 6 hours, delivered over 4-5 days. The PTV consisted of the lumpectomy cavity with a margin of 15-20 mm. The dose inhomogeneity was less than 10 across the PTV. The patients were treated in the supine position with three or four beams of mostly mixed photons and electrons (one patient was treated with only photons). The mean and median tumor sizes were 0.86 cm and 0.9 cm, respectively, with mean and median lumpectomy volumes of 42.9 cm3 and 34.0 cm3,...

Clinical Syndromes

Myoclonus Classification

FIGURE 1 Myoclonus-plus syndromes describe the relation of myoclonus to epilepsy and other movement disorders. Abbreviations ADCME, autosomal dominant cortical myoclonus and epilepsy AT, ataxia-telangiectasia DRPLA, dentatorubral-pallidolysian atrophy OMS, opso-clonus-myoclonus syndrome JME, juvenile myoclonus epilepsy MD, myoclonus-dystonia PHM, post-hypoxic myoclonus PMA, progressive myoclonus ataxia PME, progressive myoclonus epilepsy. FIGURE 1 Myoclonus-plus syndromes describe the relation of myoclonus to epilepsy and other movement disorders. Abbreviations ADCME, autosomal dominant cortical myoclonus and epilepsy AT, ataxia-telangiectasia DRPLA, dentatorubral-pallidolysian atrophy OMS, opso-clonus-myoclonus syndrome JME, juvenile myoclonus epilepsy MD, myoclonus-dystonia PHM, post-hypoxic myoclonus PMA, progressive myoclonus ataxia PME, progressive myoclonus epilepsy. Myoclonus in the context of cerebellar ataxia is often part of a progressive disorder, such as...

Management of Mild to Moderately Severe C difficileAssociated Diarrhea

Mild Diarrhea

Colon specimen from a patient with severe, refractory Clostridium difficile diarrhea and colitis. Characteristic raised adherent yellow plaques that vary in size from 2 to 10 mm are visible on the colonic mucosa (arrow 1). In some areas, coalescing pseudomembranes are visible (arrow2). There is nonspecific erythema of the colonic mucosa between the pseudomembranes (arrow3). Reproduced with permission from Kelly CP, Pothoulakis C, Lamont JT. Clostridium difficile colitis. N Engl J Med 1994 330 257-62. FIGURE 51-3. Colon specimen from a patient with severe, refractory Clostridium difficile diarrhea and colitis. Characteristic raised adherent yellow plaques that vary in size from 2 to 10 mm are visible on the colonic mucosa (arrow 1). In some areas, coalescing pseudomembranes are visible (arrow2). There is nonspecific erythema of the colonic mucosa between the pseudomembranes (arrow3). Reproduced with permission from Kelly CP, Pothoulakis C, Lamont JT. Clostridium difficile...

Ischaemia and cellulitis

In the neuroischaemic foot it may be difficult to differentiate between the erythema of cellulitis and the redness of ischaemia. It is helpful to elevate the leg. The redness of ischaemia is usually cold and is most marked on dependency it will disappear upon elevation of the limb, whereas cellulitis will remain. The erythema associated with inflammation is warm, although a very ischaemic foot may become deceptively warm when it is infected. Erythema also occurs secondary to traumas, including insect stings, where it is associated with histamine release.

Conservative treatment of osteomyelitis

A 76-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes of 10 years' duration was referred to the diabetic foot clinic by casualty. She had an erythematous right 2nd toe with fusiform swelling (sausage toe) and a sloughy ulcer with a draining sinus which probed to bone (Fig. 5.21). Cellulitis extended onto the dorsum of the foot. She had been aware of redness and swelling of the toe for 3 days and the foot had begun to throb over the previous 24 h. in 3 weeks. The fusiform swelling remained but the erythema resolved after 3 months. ' Fusiform swelling (sausage toe) and erythema are frequently associated with osteomyelitis and X-rays are needed to confirm the extent of the infection in the bone and monitor progress Erythema may take several weeks to settle if infection was severe

Ablation with PDT

Photosensitivity can occur in approximately 60 of patients treated with PDT (Webber et al, 1999). Photofrin is primarily retained by the reticuloendothelial system of the liver, spleen, and kidney, and redistributed into the skin. Given that the longest half-life of Photofrin is 36 days, skin photosensitivity can occur for up to 3 months. Patients are cautioned to avoid direct sunlight, strong fluorescent or incandescent light, strong residential indoor lights, and radiant heat for at least 30 days. Skin photosensitivity can vary from mild erythema and pruritus, to severe erythema and edema, to blisters with skin desquamation. Topical sunscreens are not beneficial because they block ultraviolet light and not infrared light. Most patients develop at least a tan (Marcon, 1994 Saidi and Marcon 1998) Different photosensitizers have been tested, including 5-ALA, which carries a lower rate of skin photosensitivity however, the depth of penetration and efficacy of the ALA compounds may be...

Clinical Results

Erythema ( ) In terms of toxicities and cosmetic outcome, the toxicity parameters examined in our cohort of patients included breast edema, erythema, fibrosis, hyperpigmentation, hy-popigmentation, breast pain, breast infection, telangiectasia, and fat necrosis. Toxicities were graded using the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) late radiation morbidity scoring scheme (Cox et al. 1995) for skin, subcutaneous tissues, pain, radiation dermatitis, and dermatology skin from the Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) version 2.0 (Trotti et al. 2000). As per the guidelines of CTC version 2, toxicities were graded using the acute chronic radiation morbidity scale grade 0 no observable radiation effects, grade I mild radiation effects, grade II moderate radiation effects, and grade III severe radiation effects. Cosmetic evaluation was based on standards as set out by the Harvard criteria (Rose et al. 1989). An excellent score was given when the treated...


The central higher radiation dose with brachytherapy can improve local control, but also result in possible fat necrosis, fibrosis, telangiectasia, or other late effects of irradiation. Second, the rapid fall off of dose away from the catheter(s) should reduce the exposure of normal tissue to radiation. External beam PBI techniques can traverse significant amounts of normal tissue to get to the target, such as the thyroid gland, opposite breast, lung, heart, chest wall, uninvolved breast tissue, skin, or other organs that simply get in the way of the beam. Low doses of irradiation may be even more carcinogenic than therapeutic doses so long term effects must be watched for the next 10 to 25 years on these organs. Third, the typically homogeneous dose distribution with external beam PBI has inspired the experts in the field to recommend higher prescribed doses than with brachytherapy, 385 cGy per fraction in contrast to 340 cGy per fraction, for...

Acute onset

There is unilateral erythema and oedema (Fig. 3.15). The foot is at least 2 C hotter than the contralateral foot and the difference may be as great as 10 C. This may be measured with an infrared skin thermometer. There may be a history of minor trauma such as tripping, twisting the ankle or walking over rough surfaces such as cobbles. Charcot's osteoarthropathy may follow injudicious mobilization after surgery, a period of bed rest or casting. Fig. 3.15 Unilateral oedema and erythema in acute onset Charcot's osteoarthropathy.


Cellulitis generally appears following trauma, with appearance of local tenderness, pain, and erythema. The area involved is red, hot, and swollen, with non-elevated borders, and is sharply demarcated streptococcal cellulitis following surgery can develop within 6 to 48 hours, be associated with hypotension, and a thin serous discharge. Regional lymphadenitis and bacteremia are common and can cause thrombophlebitis. The infection can spread rapidly in patients with dependent edema. Recurrent episodes of cellulitis of the lower extremities due to streptococci non-group A can occur in patients whose saphenous veins have been removed for coronary bypass (2). The patients often have systemic manifestation of fever toxicity and chills and edema, erythema, and tenderness along the saphenous venectomy site.

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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