Primary Care Dermatology Module
Nomenclature of Skin Lesions

Developed by Gary Williams, M.D. and Murray Katcher, M.D. Ph.D, Department of Pediatrics
with funding and support from the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System

University of Wisconsin

Tutorial C: Patterns and Distribution

Not only is the appearance of lesions important, but the pattern and distribution on the skin is as well.


Patients with scarlet fever, Kawasaki disease or other conditions may develop a distinctive appearance of their tongues. Because of its resemblance to the well-known berry, the appearance is called "strawberry tongue." Since this eruption is on a mucus membrane, it is called an enanthem.

Strawberry Tongue

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