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Here is a quick mnemonic “PURPURIC to remember about Purpuric Eruptions 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

Purpuric Eruptions Rash : How To Remember Easily ?

  • P – Petechial eruption is a classic presentation of acute meningococcemia in children.

  • U – Urticaria or blanchable macules may appear as initial lesions in acute meningococcemia.

  • R – Rocky Mountain spotted fever should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute meningococcemia.

  • P – Prompt differentiation of acute meningococcemia and echovirus 9 infection is important.

  • U – Underlying disseminated intravascular coagulation can cause large ecchymotic areas of purpura fulminans.

  • R – Lesions of chronic meningococcemia may exhibit various morphologies, including petechial.

  • I – Indistinguishable lesions may be observed in chronic meningococcemia and gonococcemia.

  • C – Countable hemorrhagic pustules near joints are distinctive of disseminated gonococcemia.

  • E – Erythema nodosum-like purpuric nodules may develop on the legs.

  • R – Consider viral hemorrhagic fever in patients with a petechial rash and relevant travel history.

  • U – Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic-uremic syndrome are non-infectious causes of fever and petechiae.

  • P – Palpable purpura is a typical manifestation of cutaneous small-vessel vasculitis.

Mnemonic : PURPURIC ERUPtions

Dr. Arin Nandi

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