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Department Editor: Tania Phillips, MD, FRCPC
Overall Learning Objective: The physician or podiatrist participant will develop a rational approach to the evaluation and treatment of a variety of uncommon wounds and will have an increased awareness of the differential diagnosis of cutaneous wounds and the systemic diseases associated with these wounds.
Submissions: To submit a case for consideration in Diagnostic Dilemmas, e-mail or write to: Executive Editor, WOUNDS, 83 General Warren Blvd., Suite 100, Malvern, PA 19355, firstname.lastname@example.org
Completion Time: The estimated time to completion for this activity is 1 hour.
Target Audience: This CME/CPME activity is intended for dermatologists, surgeons, podiatrists, internists, and other physicians who treat wounds.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
1) Generate a differential diagnosis when panniculitis is suspected
2) Describe and discuss illnesses that are associated with pancreatic panniculitis
3) Describe and discuss the management of a patient with pancreatic panniculitis.
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Designation: HMP Communications designates this continuing medical education activity for 1 credit hour in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours he/she spent in the educational activity. HMP Communications designates this continuing medical activity for .1 CEUs available to participating podiatrists.
Method of Participation: Participants must read the article and take, submit, and pass the post-test by April 15, 2005. Participants must completely fill out the answer and evaluation form, answer at least 70 percent of the questions correctly, and mail or fax the answer/evaluation forms to:
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Release date: April 15, 2004
Expiration date: April 15, 2005
A 67-year-old man was admitted to the hospital after complaining of painful lower-extremity ulcers and two days of fever. One month prior to admission, he developed a raised, red, nodular lesion on his right lateral foot and over the next few weeks developed multiple other similar lesions on his lower extremities and forearms, as well as painful bilateral lower-extremity swelling. He was recently treated with a course of antibiotics for presumed cellulitis of his lower extremities at another facility without improvement. During that time, he complained of diffuse abdominal pain and a 20-pound weight loss. A computerized tomography (CT) scan was obtained and revealed a pancreatic mass; a subsequent biopsy performed during upper endoscopy with ultrasound guidance was reportedly negative for malignancy.
His past medical history was significant for a remote history of alcohol abuse, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease. His surgical history included a left femoral-popliteal lower-extremity bypass procedure six years before presentation and repair of a cerebral aneurysm 11 years prior to presentation.
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