Lorenzo Di Francesco

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Erythema multiforme

Erythema Multiforme I. What every physician needs to know. Erythema Multiforme (EM) is an acute usually self-limiting but occasionally recurrent dermatologic condition that is considered to be the result of a hypersensitivity reaction. The hallmark of the condition is target like lesions of the skin (including the palms and soles) with or without associated bullae…

Acute pericarditis

I. Problem/Condition. Acute pericarditis results from acute inflammation of the pericardium, which can be the result of an isolated event (i.e., viral infection) or part of a more generalized systemic disorder (i.e., systemic lupus erythematosus). It is differentiated from chronic pericarditis by the patient’s symptoms having been present for less than 3 months. II. Diagnostic…

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