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Persistent rash on the sole

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The patient’s immune status offered a clue to the diagnosis


 

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A 52-year-old Chinese woman presented to a tertiary hospital in Singapore with a 3-month history of persistent and intermittently painful rashes over her right calf and foot (FIGURE). The patient had pancytopenia due to ongoing chemotherapy for metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma. She was systemically well and denied other dermatoses. Examination demonstrated scattered crops of tense hemorrhagic vesicles, each surrounded by a livid purpuric base, over the right plantar aspect of the foot, with areas of eschar over the right medial hallux. No allodynia, hyperaesthesia, or lymphadenopathy was noted.

A punch biopsy of an intact vesicle was performed.

Hemorrhagic vesicles over the right lateral calf and sole

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