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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-39

Erythromelalgia: A rare case report


1 Department of Healthcare of the Elderly, Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL, UK
2 Department of Care of the Elderly, Ashford and St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, UK
3 National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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C Ogugua
Department of Healthcare of the Elderly, Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL
UK
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Patients who present with painful, red swelling of the extremities are occasionally misdiagnosed. The usual differentials may include cellulitis, deep venous thrombosis and lymphoedema. We report a case of erythromelalgia, a rare disorder diagnosed and appropriately managed due to a high index of suspicion based on a good clinical history taking and examination of an elderly patient. The article highlights the importance of a high index of suspicion of a rare disorder when physical examination is marked by paucity of objective signs.


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