Which eczematous conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of stasis dermatitis?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Scott L Flugman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Involved skin in stasis dermatitis may exhibit changes seen in other eczematous conditions. Severe, acute inflammation may result in exudative, weeping patches and plaques. Underlying fat necrosis (lipodermatosclerosis) may be exquisitely painful; these cases of deep, acute inflammation may be difficult to differentiate from cellulitis or erythema nodosum. In fact, stasis dermatitis is the most frequent condition for which patients are admitted unnecessarily with the misdiagnosis of cellulitis. [25, 26, 27]


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