"Pseudo" conditions in dermatology: need to know both real and unreal

Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. Nov-Dec 2012;78(6):763-73. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.102387.


There are 'n' number of names and terminologies in dermatology. The real and unreal names lead to lot of confusion to the residents and practitioners of dermatology. The word 'pseudo' means 'unreal', 'false' or 'fake', and it has deep roots in dermatology providing herculean task to differentiate and understand the real conditions/diseases/signs in dermatology. We have made an attempt to list and describe the pseudo and associated real conditions in dermatology.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Skin Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases* / etiology
  • Terminology as Topic*