Internal Medicine and Dermatology: What's New?

Oliver A. Perez; Joseph C. English III


Dermatology Nursing. 2010;22(3):12-22. 

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As a health care provider, it is important to identify skin signs of systemic disease. Skin, the largest of all organs, will often have signs pointing to an underlying systemic disorder. In nursing, a skin exam is an important part of a patient's initial assessment. Since nurses spend a significant amount of time in the direct care of patients, they are often the first to notice such changes. Recent developments in skin signs of systemic disease in fields such as hematology, oncology, endocrinology, and cardiology have been increasingly reported in the literature. This review is an update on internal medicine and dermatology topics relevant to dermatologic nurses and their dermatologists.