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Patterns, shapes, and distribution in skin disease 

Patterns, shapes, and distribution in skin disease
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Patterns, shapes, and distribution in skin disease
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10.1093/med/9780199208388.003.04
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date: 16 October 2019

The pattern and shape of individual lesions and how they are distributed on the body is crucial in helping to form a diagnosis. It is important to ask about the evolution of a rash when taking the history ( see page 20) since the presenting features may have disappeared at the time of examination and many skin diseases fluctuate and vary with time. Some of the classic patterns in this chapter are described in greater detail elsewhere, in particular diseases found in different body sites are described in ...

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