How to spot target lesions and less typical presentations

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Rajani Katta, MD

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 107 No. 1


Clinical Features

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2000.01.826
Abstract: The first attack of erythema multiforme can be alarming to the victim, who is often an otherwise-healthy young adult. In a typical episode, a symmetric pattern of round, red lesions suddenly appears, frequently on the extremities, and erosions develop in the mouth. Fortunately, the condition is self-limited. Unfortunately, it is usually recurrent, possibly because of the ongoing, subclinical presence of herpes simplex virus. In this article, Dr Katta summarizes the latest information on erythema multiforme and its management. Katta R. Taking aim at erythema multiforme: how to spot target lesions and less typical presentations. Postgrad Med 2000;107(1):87-90