Not all patients with life-threatening dermatologic disorders are sick enough or symptomatic enough to go to the emergency department . . . some may come to your office with what may look like a relatively benign lump or bump. Yet within a few hours, such lesions can cause significant morbidity or even death.
In a series of photo-rich short videos, Ted Rosen, MD, Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of the Dermatology Service at the VA Center in Houston, focuses in on common and not-so-common dermatologic emergencies. In each segment, he offers practical guidance on early recognition and appropriate intervention measures.
In this first segment, Dr Rosen offers 4 basic ground rules.
1. The severity of visible pathology does not always correlate with degree of severity of disease process (think gonococcemia, which may present with just a few small hemorrhagic lesions).
2. Given 2 conditions of a similar severity, you may need some ancillary information to decide what is or is not important.
3. Given 2 life-threatening disorders, the true need for rapid intervention may vary greatly.
4. You don’t always need to know the right diagnosis immediately. The key is to distinguish between a life-threatening or emergent situation versus something that is urgent and important versus something that is commonplace.
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