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Rosacea Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
 
Updated: May 03, 2016
 
 

Diagnostic Considerations

The differential diagnosis largely depends on the pattern of rosacea. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR) can resemble seborrheic dermatitis, lupus erythematosus, and other photodermatoses. Carcinoid syndrome and mitral valve incompetence are overlooked causes of erythema and telangiectasia. Acneiform rosacea may be simulated by acne, bromoderma and iododerma, perioral dermatitis, and pustular folliculitis. Acne agminata can be indistinguishable from lupus vulgaris and cutaneous sarcoidosis.

Differential Diagnoses

 
 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD Consulting Staff, Georgetown Dermatology, PLLC

Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Saurabh Singh, MD Staff Physician, Department of Dermatology, Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Received salary from Medscape for employment. for: Medscape.

Christen M Mowad, MD Professor, Department of Dermatology, Geisinger Medical Center

Christen M Mowad, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Dermatology, Phi Beta Kappa

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Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Andrea Leigh Zaenglein, MD Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Department of Dermatology, Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Andrea Leigh Zaenglein, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Disclosure: Received consulting fee from Galderma for consulting; Received consulting fee from Valeant for consulting; Received consulting fee from Promius for consulting; Received consulting fee from Anacor for consulting; Received grant/research funds from Stiefel for investigator; Received grant/research funds from Astellas for investigator; Received grant/research funds from Ranbaxy for other; Received consulting fee from Ranbaxy for consulting.

Acknowledgements

The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous authors, Ravi Ratnavel, MD, Mana Ogholikhan, MD, and Saurabh Singh, MD, to the development and writing of this article.

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