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Here is a quick mnemonic “MULTIFORME to remember about Erythema Multiforme Rash

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Erythema Multiforme Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • M – Multiple causes for erythema multiforme, including infection, drugs, and idiopathic factors.

  • U – Unusual target lesions seen in erythema multiforme, characterized by central erythema surrounded by an area of clearing and another rim of erythema.

  • L – Lesions typically measure up to 2 cm and appear symmetrically on the knees, elbows, palms, and soles in erythema multiforme.

  • T – The rash spreads centripetally and can be papular, sometimes vesicular, in erythema multiforme.

  • I – Involvement of mucous membranes in erythema multiforme, when extensive, is termed EM major.

  • F – Frequently associated with herpes simplex virus or Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection and certain drugs like sulfa, phenytoin, and penicillin.

  • O – Over 50% of patients with erythema multiforme are younger than 20 years old, and fever is more common in the most severe form, EM major.

  • R – Recognizing the distinction between EM major and Stevens-Johnson syndrome is crucial, as EM major lacks prominent skin sloughing.

  • M – Multiple causes, unusual target lesions, limited size, spreading pattern, mucous membrane involvement, associated infections and drugs, age group, and distinguishing from Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

  • E – Erythema multiforme, a distinct clinical entity with its characteristic manifestations and potential triggers.



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