Figurate erythema

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 28.12.2023

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Figured erythema

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T. Colcott Fox (1849-1916) first introduced the term "figurative erythema" in 1889.

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The term "figured erythema" refers to an etiologically different group of erythematous skin diseases (reddening of the skin is a defining mophological phenomenon) characterized by arcuate, ring-shaped, garland-shaped or polycyclic, centrifugally growing formations.

Figured erythema are only characterized by their morphological pattern (macro-pattern). Although some erythema are described as entities and their nomenclature is retained for historical reasons, it is more of a polyetiologic reaction pattern. Nevertheless, the recognition of figured or annular formations in a skin disease is helpful as a diagnostic evaluation/assignment can be made visually.

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Anular or polycyclic skin patterns are also observed in other clinical pictures without these being classified as anular erythema. This applies, for example, to:


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Last updated on: 28.12.2023