A patient may try to conceal a visible lesion in a number of ways. A physician may need to see these lesions since they can be clues to an underlying diagnosis.


Some things that a patient may try to hide:

(1) telangiectasias

(2) skin tumors

(3) infections

(4) deformities or scars

(5) nail defects

(6) skin rash or eruption


A person may try to hide something visible because s/he:

(1) is embarrassed by it

(2) thinks that it is unsightly

(3) wants to hide it


Concealing something on the head or neck:

(1) grow a beard or moustache (if male)

(2) comb over hair or wear a wig

(3) cosmetics

(4) dark glasses

(5) hat

(6) small bandaid


Concealing abnormal nails or skin on the hands or feet:

(1) nail polish

(2) artificial nails

(3) gloves or socks

(4) small bandaid


Torso or limbs:

(1) clothing including long-sleeve shirts

(2) tattoos

(3) bandage


The physician should not leave any stone unturned during the examination.


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