RED PLAQUE(S), CHRONIC

By Gary M. White, MD


There are many entities that can cause the presence of a chronic red plaque or plaques. Below are the most common.

Lymphoma
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Lupus Erythematosus. Lupus occurs most commonly on the sun exposed areas.
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Polymorphous Light Eruption. Both PMLE and lupus occur always in sun-exposed areas.
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Jessner Lymphocytic Infiltrate
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Sarcoidosis
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Metastatic Disease
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Leukemia Cutis--Especially in Kids

Morphea Central clearing or a whitish center is common.
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Parapsoriasis
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Lymphocytoma Cutis
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Intralymphatic Histiocytosis

Rare

AESOP Syndrome Solitary large red patch or plaque of months duration. This is caused by an underlying plasmocytoma. Look also for adjacent lymphadenopathy.

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