Dermatoses - systemic

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Dermatoses is a general term used to describe any skin defect or lesion on the skin. Systemic means it affects the whole body, rather than just one part. Systemic dermatoses may be linked to problems in other organs.

Examples include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polyangiitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Erythema nodosum


Lee LA, Werth VP. The skin and ryheumatic diseases. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 43.

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  • Last reviewed on 1/13/2015
  • Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, emergency medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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