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Friday, 10 November 2017 22:47

Skin conditions that require urgent referral

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Charmaine Apap, Resident Specialist in Dermatology & Caroline Attard, General Practice Trainee, Department of Dermatology, Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, Malta

Although in the practice of Family Medicine one does not frequently encounter dermatological emergencies, it is important to be able to recognise the conditions which should prompt urgent referral to the Dermatology Department. The warning symptoms and signs that one should look out for when examining such patients are discussed and the most important dermatoses that should not be missed including erythroderma, bullous disorders, serious skin infections and severe drug eruptions in both adults and children are reviewed.

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