Cutaneous signs in dermatological diseases: An overview

Surabhi Sharma, Binod K. Khaitan, Sujith Prasad Kumarasinghe

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Cutaneous signs in dermatology are pathognomonic or diagnostic for certain conditions. A knowledge of these signs is a useful skill, which must not be forgotten in the recent trend towards relying on molecular biology and other investigative tools including histological findings to make a diagnosis. The aim of this review is to summarize all cutaneous signs in dermatology in a systematic way that would benefit dermatologists, trainee or experienced, in identifying diseases and sharpening their clinical skills. A keyword search for the terms 'cutaneous signs,' 'sign' AND 'dermatology' was conducted through PUBMED, Google, and the major textbooks in dermatology (i.e., Rooks Textbook of Dermatology; Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine and Dermatology). References were searched thoroughly for all cutaneous signs described. One hundred and nineteen signs were noted and summarized under the following categories: autoimmune, infective, inflammatory, neoplastic, genetic, trauma/miscellaneous. This review would serve as a good reference for those wanting to improve their clinical acumen in diagnosing dermatological disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-539
Number of pages10
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


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