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Overview

  • Look For

  • Rashes - comment on colour, morphology, size, distribution, symmetry and any secondary changes.
  • Scars - indicative of past trauma or surgery.
  • Erythema - unilateral, bilateral, localised or diffuse.May be due to rash, cellulitis, septic arthritis or tenosynovitis
  • Tip

  • Muscle wasting and shiny skin with reddish discolouration is a very specific for reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
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