Which cutaneous findings suggest brucellosis?

Updated: Apr 22, 2021
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, FAAP, MA(Cantab); Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Cutaneous manifestations develop in 5-10% of patients, are transient and nonspecific, resolve with therapy, and do not alter the prognosis. Lesions reported in association with brucellosis include the following [30] :

  • Erythema nodosum, abscesses, and papulonodular eruptions (most common)

  • Cutaneous ulcerations

  • Impetigo, psoriatic, eczematous, and pityriasis rosea –like lesions

  • Macular, maculopapular, and scarlatiniform rashes

  • Vasculitic lesions (eg, petechiae, purpura, and thrombophlebitis)


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