Language of Dermatology: Describing the Distribution of Skin Lesions
Christina P. Linton

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
February 2012 
Volume 4  Number 1
Pages 62 - 63
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ACRAL - Occurring in distal locations such as on the hands, feet, wrists, ankles, ears, and nose.Example: ChilblainsASYMMETRICAL - Affecting one side of the body but not the other.Example: Fixed drug eruptionBILATERAL - Occurring or appearing on both sides of the body.Example: Stasis dermatitisBLASCHKOID - A skin pattern following the lines of skin cell migration during embryogenesis; generally longitudinally oriented on the limbs and circumferential on the trunk, but consisting bands or whorls that are not perfectly linear.Example: Incontinentia pigmentiDERMATOMAL - A unilateral pattern that follows lines of skin innervation by cutaneous branches of a single spinal nerve.Example: Herpes zosterDISSEMINATED - Dispersed or spread widely throughout the whole body.Example: Viral exanthemEXTENSOR - Involving the skin surface overlying the extensor muscles, such as the knees and elbows.Example: Plaque psoriasisFLEXOR/FLEXURAL - Involving the skin surface overlying the flexor muscles, such as

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