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Jonathan F., a 4th year medical student at Harvard Medical School, writes about a time he encountered a new diagnosis during rounds. He described the rash to his attending and then confirmed what his attending suspected and educated himself on a new-to-him diagnosis.
"A patient recently diagnosed with AML, after initiating decitabine chemotherapy, presented with scattered erythematous, scaly lesions on his bilateral arms and legs. He was seen by dermatology with concern for a drug eruption. Sharing my exam and initial impressions over the phone with my attending, he immediately thought of disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis, which I had never seen before. Using VisualDx, I was quickly able to pull up photos of the condition and confirm the similarity to the appearance of our patient. I also was able to quickly educate myself about DSAP through the well-written article on VisualDx, which was a huge help in writing my consult note!"
*Patient in picture is not patient in story. See more pictures of DSAP in VisualDx.
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