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Kaposi Sarcoma: The Old & The New…

Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) was originally described by Moritz Kaposi in 1872 when he called it “multiple benign pigmented idiopathic hemorrhagic sarcoma.”  Since those initial descriptions there have been three clinical presentations that have been referred to as “Classic form” or Old World KS:  Initially KS was an indolent disease seen chiefly in middle-age men of… Read more »

Xanthomas: Signs of Dyslipidemia…

Xanthomas are deposits of lipids in tissues, usually skin and tendons.  These are often signs of dyslipidemia, which is a sign of inherited hyperlipidemia, often hypercholesterolemia.  In other words, there are abnormalities of lipid amount or processing in the body and thus are important markers of underlying potential for heart disease and strokes.  There are… Read more »

Ultimate Trainer/Recovery: The Science of Fitness…

Many performance-enhancing supplements are increasing in popularity among professional and amateur athletes alike.  There is gathering evidence that these agents demonstrate significant benefits not only for athletes, but may also prove helpful in critically ill patients in whom preservation and restoration of lean body mass and neuromuscular function are crucial.  Beneficial supplements include creatine, branched-chain… Read more »

There is No Such Thing as Adhesive Arachnoiditis Syndrome: My Take…

Some of you may be wondering what the heck I’m doing posting about Adhesive Arachnoiditis…it’s not exactly a condition a dermatologist would be asked to be involved with, but there is a story here.  Some of you may not know that in addition to being a dermatologist I am also an internist, and at one… Read more »

Tinea Versicolor: Pityriasis Versicolor…

Tinea Versicolor (TV), also known as Pityriasis Versicolor, is a benign, superficial fungal infection of the skin caused by Malassezia species, particularly M. furfur, M. obtusa, and M. slooffiae.  TV typically presents at hypopigmented or hyperpigmented, coalescing scaling macules, most commonly involving the trunk and upper arms.  Pink colored, atrophic and trichrome variants have been… Read more »

Erythema Multiforme: Erythema Exudativum Multiforme…

In 1860 von Hebra first described Erythema Exudativum Multiforme.  The original disease described is now called Erythema Multiforme Minor or Herpes Simplex Associated Erythema Multiforme and is often associated with a recurrent herpetic infections.  When cutaneous lesions are accompanied with mucosal membrane involvement the cause is most often related to Mycoplasma infection (pneumonia) and is… Read more »

PLEVA: Pityriasis Lichenoides et Varioliformis Acuta…

Pityriasis Lichenoides et Varioliformis Acuta (PLEVA) is also known as Mucha-Habermann disease.  The eruption often appears suddenly in children and young adults.  At onset the lesions are erythematous macules, papules or papulovesicles, which tend to be brownish red in color, ranging from 5-15 mm in size and evolve through stages of crusting, necrosis and varioliform… Read more »