Approach to the hospitalized patient with targetoid lesions

Dermatol Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr;24(2):196-206. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2011.01395.x.


Approaching the hospitalized patient with skin disease can be daunting. This article focuses on a practical approach to the patient with targetoid lesions. The discussion focuses on differentiating erythema multiforme from Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. In addition, the article offers a concise review of the broader differential diagnosis of targetoid lesions including ecthyma gangrenosum, fixed drug eruption, erythema multiforme-like drug reaction, vasculitis, acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, erythema chronicum migrans, connective tissue diseases, and blistering diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Erythema Multiforme / diagnosis*
  • Erythema Multiforme / therapy
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Skin / pathology
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / therapy