Erythema ab igne

Emily K Kozera and Deshan F Sebaratnam
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51292
Published online: 1 November 2021

A 77‐year‐old woman presented with a 5‐month history of an asymptomatic rash affecting her lower abdomen and proximal thighs. She reported daily use of a hot water bottle to the areas. Examination demonstrated reticulate hyperpigmentation with atrophic foci. Her presentation was classical for erythema ab igne.

  • 1 Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Ingham Institute, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

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  • 2. Salgado F, Handler MZ, Schwartz A. Erythema ab igne: new technology rebounding upon its users? Int J Dermatol 2018; 57: 393–396.


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