Erythematous Papular Rash: A Dermatological Feature of COVID-19

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Sousa Gonçalves C, et al. Eur J Case Rep Intern Med 2020.


COVID-19 is the clinical expression of the highly contagious severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral infection. Most patients have mild symptoms, but a significant proportion have severe or critical disease, which can include cardiac injury, sepsis, acute kidney failure and respiratory failure. It is also worth highlighting the increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases with dermatological disease/manifestations. The cutaneous clinical spectrum is wide and includes maculopapular, urticarial, varicelliform and petechial rashes, pseudo perniosis, livedo reticularis, and pityriasis rosea-like, violaceous and pustular lesions. Until the physiological mechanism is fully understood, it is important to describe these manifestations, which could help identify a typical pattern. This report describes a cutaneous manifestation in a COVID-19 patient.

LEARNING POINTS: SARS-CoV-2 presents with multiple symptoms with the dermatological manifestations currently under-recognized.Clinicians should be aware of patients presenting only with cutaneous symptoms, which in some cases are the initial clinical feature of COVID-19.

PMID:32665937 | PMC:PMC7350964 | DOI:10.12890/2020_001768

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