A fluorescing spot on the temple: A helpful reminder for a detailed history and physical exam

Michael Tshudy, Destiny Neiner, Christopher Riley, James Neiner

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Abstract

We discuss a woman with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer who presented with a new erythematous macule on her right temple. On examination with Wood lamp the well-demarcated macule fluoresced pink making neoplasm unlikely. Further history and physical examination suggested an inadvertent ink stain and the patient was spared a biopsy highlighting the importance of eliciting a good history and performing a detailed physical examination with additional tools such as a Wood lamp when necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number15
JournalDermatology online journal
Volume25
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Pseudo-tattoo
  • Wood lamp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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