Erythema nodosum

Background

  • Often marker for systemic disease
  • Most common in women 30-50 years of age
    • 1:6 male to female
  • Usually a self-limited disease, resolving in 3-6 wks

Associated Disease Processes

Clinical Features

  • Painful
  • Non-ulcerative nodules
  • Violaceous, erythematous
  • Usually anterior tibia, arms, trunk

Differential Diagnosis

Evaluation

  • Clinical diagnosis

Management

  • Treat underlying cause
  • NSAIDs
  • Potassium Iodide
  • RICE, cool wet compresses

Disposition

  • Typically outpatient

References

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