Man with leg rash

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Abstract

Clinical introduction

A 51-year-old male presented to the ED with a rash to his left thigh (figure 1) with erythema, swelling and pain. He endorsed paraesthesias, pruritus, fevers, vomiting and diarrhoea. Initial vitals were unremarkable. He was well appearing with an 8×8 cm violaceous patch on his left medial thigh with vesicles, surrounding erythema and induration with a second, smaller lesion on the right thigh. Both rashes were extremely tender.

Clinical introduction

A bedside ultrasound image of the rash was obtained (figure 2).

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What is the most likely cause of the patient’s rash?

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A. Herpes zoster

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B. Cellulitis

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C. Necrotising fasciitis

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D. Bullous pemphigoid

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