Caroline S Wilkel

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BACKGROUND Dermatologic surgeons frequently see patients with body dysmorphic disorder, a distressing or impairing preoccupation with a nonexistent or slight defect in appearance. Recognition of this disorder is essential to avoid unnecessary and generally unsatisfying surgical outcomes, but no screening tools are available for use in a dermatology setting.(More)
BACKGROUND Dermatologists appear to be the physicians most often seen by patients with the psychiatric condition body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a distressing or impairing preoccupation with a nonexistent or slight defect in appearance. The frequency of BDD among patients seeking dermatologic treatment is unknown, however. OBJECTIVE This study determined(More)
Darier's disease is a rare autosomal dominant genodermatosis. Characteristic skin and nail changes consist of bilateral crusted red-brown papules and plaques in a seborrheic distribution, and V-shaped nicking or longitudinal ridging of the nails. In limited cases, a segmental distribution of this disease may be present in which localized lesions, found(More)
Cryoglobulins (CGs) are serum proteins that reversibly precipitate when the serum is cooled below 37 degrees C. Cryoglobulinemias are associated with a variety of diseases, including hematologic, autoimmune, and infectious. Isolation of CGs requires handling the specimen with extreme care. We describe a 70-year-old man, recently diagnosed with chronic(More)
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, destructive, neutrophilic dermatosis, the origin of which remains largely obscure. The ulcerative variant of this inflammatory disorder causes painful, necrotic, rapidly enlarging ulcers. Because of pathergy, many clinicians avoid managing these nonhealing ulcers with aggressive surgical debridement and autologous grafts.(More)
Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV), also known as small-vessel vasculitis, is a process thought to be related to the presence of circulating immune complexes. Leukocytoclastic vasculitis is thought to be idiopathic in up to 50% of cases, but other common causes and associated disorders include certain medications, most frequently antibiotics;(More)