Dermatology

The common wart, or verruca vulgaris, is caused by the human papillomavirus

Verruca vulgaris

Dr. Fox is a family physician in private practice in Defiance, Ohio, and editor for DynaMed (ww.dynamicmedical.com), a database of comprehensive updated summaries covering nearly 3,000 clinical topics. Dr. Brier is an editor for DynaMed. Description• Benign cutaneous papilloma (common wart) • Single or grouped, rough keratotic papules, nodules, or plaques ICD-9 codes   • 078.10 viral warts, unspecified…

Timely therapy for oral ulcers

What are the most time efficient interventions to shorten the duration of oral ulcers?—Hillel B. Naiman, MD, Spring Valley, N.Y. First, it is important to ascertain the diagnosis. The differential diagnosis could include aphthous ulcers, trauma, and, rarely, intraoral herpes simplex, as well as many other rare entities. Assuming that the diagnosis is aphthous ulcers,…

Two cases of lymphedema

A 40-year-old white man was hospitalized for a possible leg infection. Although the patient was not in pain, a history of recurrent leg infections had prompted his admission. The man was 5 ft 9 in tall and weighed almost 500 lb. Pebbly plaques that were hard to the touch manifested on his legs. The patient…

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