Golfer’s vasculitis

Rosemary L Nixon, Jacinta M Opie and Robert I Kelly
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (1): 32.

A 76-year-old woman presented for a routine skin check in late spring. On examination, she was noted to have a marked purpuric rash involving her lower legs (Figure A). The rash was accompanied by a slight burning sensation. The patient had played golf the day before. A skin biopsy revealed limited changes suggestive of leukocytoclastic vasculitis (Figure B). The rash resolved over 3 days. As the patient was concerned about herbicides causing the rash, she was subsequently patch-tested to an extensive panel of contact allergens, but all tests were negative.

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  • Rosemary L Nixon1
  • Jacinta M Opie2
  • Robert I Kelly3

  • Skin and Cancer Foundation, Carlton, VIC.


  • 1. Kelly RI, Opie J, Nixon R. Golfer’s vasculitis. Australas J Dermatol 2005; 45: 11-14.


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