Maculopapular Rash

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"Figure G: Please, PLEASE stop saying maculopapular!!!"
Figure 5: "This chart is so hard to memorize!"

A maculopapular rash is a type of rash characterized by internal medicine physicians as macular and/or papular, possibly rash-like, and involving the skin. To any internist and hospitalist, the differential diagnosis for a maculopapular rash includes nearly every skin condition and infection known to man because they are all maculopapular (see Figure 5) and as a result needs dermatology involved.[1] To emphasize this point, internal medicine physicians will repeatedly say maculopapular in increasingly louder tones, causing any dermatologist's eardrums[2] to perforate and bleed (See Figure G). When this happens, please escort the dermatologist away and if needed get consent for blood transfusion.

Fancy Names for What Are Otherwise Maculopapular Rashes

Bulla. Bullous Pemphigoid. Contact Dermatitis. Eczema. Eczema on Main St. (Album). Erythema Multiforme. Erythema Nodosum. Erythromelalgia. Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Lichen Planus. Livedo Reticularis. Lymphatic Spread. Macular Rash. Macule. Molluscum Contagiosum. Neurofibromatosis Type 3. Neurofibromatosis Type 4. Papule. Patch. Pemphigus Vulgaris. Pityriasis Rosea. Plaque. Psoriasis. Seborrheic Dermatitis. Sunburn. Superficial Burn. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. Vesicle.

Other Related Reading


  1. An Internist’s Guide to the Description of Rashes (Gomerblog)
  2. Anatomy of the Ear (Gomerblog)

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