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

  • Author(s): Tshudy, Michael;
  • Neiner, Destiny;
  • Riley, Christopher;
  • Neiner, James
  • et al.
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.

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