This is part of a series of case reports detailing scenarios from our community hospital. The cases are selected to feature clinical dilemmas, provide a review on what is currently known about the topic with expert perspective. A 66-year-old black man presented to the primary care clinic with his fourth episode of generalized painful rash and oral ulcerations without a diagnosis despite two emergency room (ED) visits alongside doxycycline treatment. Symptoms interfered with daily activities with skin exam notable for widespread erythematous patches and plaques. In office biopsies were obtained with final diagnosis of erythema multiforme. Etiologic workup revealed positive HSV 1 IgG and active untreated hepatitis C infection. He was treated with prednisone, and acyclovir with resolution of lesions and no further recurrences over a nine-month follow up period. This case depicts an unusual presentation of a common skin disorder. It highlights the challenge of recognizing atypical target lesions in skin of color and the important role of primary care in bridging access to dermatological care
Halilu, Fatima; Wu, Jing; Fuscaldo, Joseph; Dunsmore, Nathan; Syed, Zain; and Daley, Pauline
"Cases from a Community Hospital…JCHIMP Series #2: 66-Year-Old Man with Recurrent Painful Rashes and Oral Ulcerations,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 14:
1, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol14/iss1/14