Author | Jonathan S. Crane, MD

Articles

Pitted Keratolysis in a Young Boy

October 01, 2007

This 8-year-old boy's mother thought her son had a fungal infection on his feet. Examination disclosed malodorous, nontender plaque formation on the weight-bearing surfaces of both feet. Within the plaques were round pits and furrows.

Ectopic Nail

September 01, 2007

The left middle finger of this 30-year-old man was lacerated in a motorcycle accident. After it was surgically repaired, the finger developed some dystrophy as well as a small, separate fingernail in the lateral sulcus of the proximal nail fold.

Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma

September 14, 2005

Eczema was the original diagnosis of this pink, scaly, asymptomatic patch on a 44-year-old man's chest. A mid-potency corticosteroid ointment had been prescribed but had no effect on the lesion. Now, 18 months later, the patient said the patch had been slowly enlarging.

Berloque Dermatitis

September 14, 2005

An 8-year-old boy was taken to his physician because of a rash around his mouth. After spending the day at the beach with his family, his lips had become red, itchy, and swollen. His sister had a similar, although milder, condition. Both children had been sucking on limes while at the beach. One week later, the boy experienced the chapped lips, patchy perioral erythema, swelling, and blisters.

Ochronosis

September 14, 2005

A 58-year-old black woman sought evaluation of areas of increased pigmentation on her cheeks that had been present for many years. Bleaching agents did not lighten the area; new, non–nickel-containing eyeglass frames had no effect. A 3-week course of halobetasol cream failed to fade the hyperpigmentation.

Tinea Incognito

September 14, 2005

Consultation was sought for diagnosis of the concentric rings of erythema and scaling that appeared on one side of a 42-year-old woman's face. The patient had used a moderately potent topical corticosteroid that had been prescribed for a facial "rash."

Juvenile Spring Eruption

September 14, 2005

Each spring for the past 3 years, this boy has complained of an itchy ear rash. The dull red edematous papules develop on the outer portion of the helix, and the rash heals promptly after 2 weeks.

Cutaneous Mycobacterium Infection

September 14, 2005

This rash, which covered a 68-year-old woman's body, was noted to have worsened during the past 2 months. A cephalosporin antibiotic had failed to clear the condition. The patient, a nursing home resident, suffered from emphysema, asthma, and heart disease. She had been receiving oxygen therapy and prednisone for 1 year.