Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants

The official journal of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants

Summer 2021

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Welcome to Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA) Summer 2021 issue. We are pleased to deliver you quality content on a variety of topics for which JDPA is known PLUS the SDPA Summer 2021 Digital Abstracts! 

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Issue Content

Bullous Pemphigoid: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

By Lauren Hartman, DMSc, PA-C; Cynthia Faires Griffith, MPAS, PA-C; and Loderick A. Matthews, BS
CME-accredited activity. This program has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for 1 year from the issue date of August 3, 2021.

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Current issue Highlights

When to Worry It’s More than Atopic Dermatitis

The purpose of this article is to review the diagnosis of atopic dermatitis along with various disease mimickers. Traditionally, atopic dermatitis is a clinical diagnosis with distinctive history, morphology, and distribution of pruritic eczematous lesions aiding in determining the condition and treatment. However, multiple other conditions may mimic atopic dermatitis, requiring further workup. We review diagnostic mimickers of atopic dermatitis and divide them into four major categories: immunodeficiencies, malignancies, nutritional deficiencies, and systemic disease. In addition, we organize a workup to be considered if there is a high suspicion for something other than atopic dermatitis. Although there are multiple other conditions that can mimic atopic dermatitis, there are gaps in not only considering them, but also in recognizing when to proceed with further workup and what to include.

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Primary Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Skin in an Elderly Black Man: A Case Report

Merkel cell carcinoma (also called primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin) is a rare and aggressive skin cancer. Because of its variable clinical appearance, its diagnosis is often delayed. Here we present an atypical case of this tumor in an elderly Black man who experienced diagnostic delay, and eventually, fatal metastases. Primary neuroendocrine carcinoma is difficult to treat and often requires a multi-disciplinary approach. This case report highlights the importance of early diagnosis, and this tumor’s appearance in skin of color individuals, who are affected relatively infrequently.

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