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Calcaneal Petechiae

Calcaneal Petechiae Abstract In the past 2 years we have observed 16 cases of a highly characteristic traumatic petechial eruption of the heels. It is interesting as a stigma peculiar to basketball players, and although it is of no real significance in itself, it has been mistaken by the untrained eye for plantar verrucae, and even for malignant melanoma. Clinical Picture The eruption is usually bilateral and roughly symmetrical. It is sharply limited to the posterior and lateral surfaces of that convex part of the heel between the insertion of the tendo calcaneus and the portion of the fat pad which rests upon the ground. The lesions are discrete and confluent, deep-red, deep-seated petechiae, sometimes randomly distributed within the area but usually aggregated into groups (Figure). In mild cases, only 3 or 4 lesions may be present, but in severe examples a continuous magenta-colored band may extend completely around the heel. Callosities and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Calcaneal Petechiae

Abstract

Abstract In the past 2 years we have observed 16 cases of a highly characteristic traumatic petechial eruption of the heels. It is interesting as a stigma peculiar to basketball players, and although it is of no real significance in itself, it has been mistaken by the untrained eye for plantar verrucae, and even for malignant melanoma. Clinical Picture The eruption is usually bilateral and roughly symmetrical. It is sharply limited to the posterior and lateral surfaces of that convex part of...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1961 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1961.01580090151017
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Abstract

Abstract In the past 2 years we have observed 16 cases of a highly characteristic traumatic petechial eruption of the heels. It is interesting as a stigma peculiar to basketball players, and although it is of no real significance in itself, it has been mistaken by the untrained eye for plantar verrucae, and even for malignant melanoma. Clinical Picture The eruption is usually bilateral and roughly symmetrical. It is sharply limited to the posterior and lateral surfaces of that convex part of the heel between the insertion of the tendo calcaneus and the portion of the fat pad which rests upon the ground. The lesions are discrete and confluent, deep-red, deep-seated petechiae, sometimes randomly distributed within the area but usually aggregated into groups (Figure). In mild cases, only 3 or 4 lesions may be present, but in severe examples a continuous magenta-colored band may extend completely around the heel. Callosities and

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1961

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