A 43-Year-Old Woman with a New Ulcer on One Hand

A 43-Year-Old Woman with a New Ulcer on One Hand

A 43-year-old woman presents with 2 weeks of a smooth nodule on her right hand. The patient denies recent travel but recalls that she “banged up” her hand while cleaning out a fresh-water fish tank prior to noticing the nodule. Past medical history is significant for renal transplantation. Exam reveals a tender, erythematous plaque with an ulcer on dorsal aspect of her hand.               View the image and consider what your diagnosis and next steps …

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A 55-Year-Old with a Recent History of Rash

A 55-Year-Old with a Recent History of Rash

A 55-year-old female presents to urgent care with a few weeks of a mildly pruritic rash on her trunk and arms. On examination, there are scattered erythematous, fine, scaly plaques. The coin-like plaques are round or oval in configuration and affect her extremities symmetrically. The patient denies current medications or any personal or family history of dermatologic conditions. She reports no systemic symptoms. However, she shares that she has been taking longer and more frequent …

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A 10-Year-Old with Fever, Headache, Muscle Aches, Nausea—and a Suspicious Rash

A 10-Year-Old with Fever, Headache, Muscle Aches, Nausea—and a Suspicious Rash

The patient is a 10-year-old girl who presents to urgent care with 3 days of fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, and a skin rash. She has a temperature of 102°F. On examination you find numerous erythematous macules and purpura on her palms and the soles of her feet. The patient is immunocompetent with an unremarkable medical history. Her mother recounts no recent travel from their home in North Carolina, but notes that the patient spent …

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A 6-Year-Old Girl with Papules on Her Abdomen

A 6-Year-Old Girl with Papules on Her Abdomen

A 6-year-old girl presents to urgent care for vaccinations at the start of the school year. Her father asks the pediatric provider to look at bumps that developed on her abdomen about 4 weeks ago. They consist of tiny papules, some scattered and some in linear configurations. The patient is asymptomatic without pain or itching. Her father is concerned because they have not resolved. View the image in this context and consider what your diagnosis …

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A 13-Year-Old Girl with Fever, Chills, Dry Cough, and Myalgia

A 13-Year-Old Girl with Fever, Chills, Dry Cough, and Myalgia

A mother brings her 13-year-old daughter to your urgent care center with a complaint of fever, chills, dry cough, and myalgia for 3 days. On exam, the patient is febrile (101°F). In addition, there is conjunctival injection and blanching erythematous patches on the face and neck. The mother mentions that the family returned from a trip to Brazil 10 days prior. While traveling they ate local food, drank local (unfiltered) water, sustained a few mosquito …

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Insights In Images: October, 2007

The patient pictured presented with two hours of intense pain and redness along the left side of her head and down her left arm. Though this could easily be mistaken for an infectious process, it was actually reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also referred to as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) type I. By any name, however, this is a rare and poorly understood neurological condition. It may manifest by way of sensory, focal autonomic, or …

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