Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 23.01.2023

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The term "plaque" (French= plate) refers to a polyetiological (exogenously or endogenously induced, inflammatory or neoplastic), in diameter > 1.0 cm, sharply or also indistinctly limited, normo- or hyper- or hypothermic, rising slightly or also clearly above the skin level, "flat, plate-like" substance proliferation of the skin or mucosa of different color, consistency and configuration.

A plaque (w) may result from appositional growth or from the union of individual papules.

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  • A plaque is usually designated with an additional adjective for exact clinical description, e.g. psoriatic plaque or eczematous plaque, mycosidic plaque (in mycosis fungoides). Plaques generally develop from papules, so in the differential diagnostic evaluation, all those papular diseases that tend to confluence can be considered.
  • Basically, the same criteria apply to the clinical evaluation as to a papule. See also nodules.
    • Consistency (soft, firm, rough)
    • Surface (smooth, rough, scaly)
    • Distribution (isolated, grouped, confluent)
    • pattern of arrangement (gyrate, anular, discoid, serpiginous, in Blaschko lines, segmental, random)
    • structural, functional, and topographical association (contact sites, textile-covered, light-exposed, random, field skin, groin skin, seborrheic zones, intertriginous)
    • Coloration (skin-colored, yellow, red to blue-red) and symptomatology (mild itching, severe itching, pain).

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Last updated on: 23.01.2023