Which physical findings are characteristic of erythromelalgia?

Updated: Sep 17, 2018
  • Author: Antoine N Saliba, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Between episodes, examination findings may be normal. During an episode, the affected extremity becomes warm and tender, and appears dusky, red, and sometimes mottled.

Peripheral pulses may be normal or bounding. Acrocyanosis may be observed; rarely, it progresses to necrosis of the distal ends of digits. Ischemic ulcers may be observed and may become infected secondarily.

Checking for possible splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy should also be part of a comprehensive physical examination in a patient with suspected erythromelalgia.


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