Rhagade R23.4

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Lip laceration; Torn heel

Definition
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A slit-shaped, usually painful tear in the skin, which is caused by bending and breaking of brittle skin. S.a.u. fissure.

Etiopathogenesis
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Overstretching of the skin with reduced elasticity, e.g. in keratinizing processes such as hyperkeratotic hand eczema of different aetiology due to desiccation of the skin in cold season or in psoriasis palmo-plantaris.

Localization
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Articulations, fingertips, corner of the mouth, earlobes, philtrum, heels.

Therapy
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Application of a glucocorticoid ointment in a non-alcoholic ointment base (e.g. Dermatop fatty ointment). If the region allows it, cover the rhagade with a plaster stiffener or a hydrocolloid foil (e.g. Varihesive extra thin).

It is crucial to restore the elasticity of the tissue so that the wound edges can adapt to each other again.

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Fissure;

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020