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Dennis S., a student studying internal medicine at the University of Washington, used VisualDx to narrow down a differential for a patient cut by a tree and offer the proper treatment.
"78 yo F presented with a raised, well demarcated, painful erythematous facial rash involving the bilateral cheeks and nose. She had sustained a traumatic cut to the right face from a tree branch 3 days prior to presentation. On admission she was febrile to 39F and had an elevated white count. Through the use of VisualDx's diagnosis builder we were able to analyze a targeted yet comprehensive differential for the patient's rash. By looking at the synopsis and diagnostic pearls sections and comparing the photos on VisualDx to our patient's rash, we are able to diagnosis erysipelas and start the patient on appropriate antibiotic therapy. Her rash began regressing the next day!"
*Erysipelas pictured here is not patient in story. See more images of erysipelas in VisualDx.
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