Clinical Quiz
The Hong Kong Practitioner VOLUME 30 / June 2008

A lady presenting with non-pruritic maculopapular rash
Keith K Lau Bsx


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Clinical history:

An 18-year old girl presented with non-pruritic maculopapular rash on the extensor surfaces of her upper and lower limbs. The small petechial lesions coalesced into red-brown patches in the next 3 to 4 days.

She was initially admitted 1 week earlier due to left subclavian deep vein thrombosis. Heparin was started at the beginning but was switched to warfarin 2 days before onset of the rashes. She was afebrile and non-toxic. Laboratory tests were negative for thrombocytopenia and electrolyte disturbances. All cultures were also negative.


The slide and the question were prepared by:
Dr Keith K Lau,
MBBS (HK), Dip. American Board of Paediatrics (USA), FHKCPaed, FHKAM(Paed)
Assistant Professor,
Department of Paediatrics, University of California, Davis.

What is your diagnosis?

A. Heparin induced thrombocytopenia
B. Warfarin-induced leukocytoclastic vasculitis
C. Rocky mountain spotted fever
D. Meningococcemia

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