Macule or patch

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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-08-03 (EDT)

A macule is a primary skin lesion that is a flat spot of less than 10mm and of varied shapes. Skin colouration is different than the surrounding skin and may be brown, blue, red, or hypopigmented. A patch is similiar to a macule, but is larger in size.[1]

Conditions associated with macules: The following are the most common conditions associated with macules and patches.

  • Brown discolouration
Cafe au lait spot, freckles, drug reaction
  • Blue discolouration
Ink (tattoo), lice
  • Red discolouration
drug reaction, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, moles, rashes of rubella and rubeola.
  • Hypopigmented
postinflammatory psoriasis, dermatitis, tinea versicolor, vitiligo.

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  1. Habif Thomas P., et al. (2005) Skin Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment Mosby.