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Disease Management Clinical Decisions

Dermatology in Primary Care

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Release Date:  January 4, 2018
Expiration Date:   January 4, 2021

Estimated Time of Completion:  1 hour 15 minutes


Each lesson in the Disease Management Clinical Decisions series is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the clinical presentation, diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, and management strategies for a specific case or cases related to the topic. It also provides questions and multiple-choice answers related to the clinical management of the case along with the rationale for the correct answer. Additional reading materials can be found in the Cleveland Clinic Disease Management Project.

Throughout this case-based lesson, you may proceed to the next question once you answer the question correctly.

After completing the CME activity, the evaluation, and the registration forms, you will have an opportunity to print your CME certificate for your records.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the clinical characteristics of nonpurulent cellulitis.
  2. Distinguish between herpes zoster subtypes and summarize the issues surrounding herpes vaccination.
  3. Diagnose hidradenitis suppurativa and discuss comorbid diseases and their treatment.
  4. Differentiate dermatomyositis and describe its association with underlying malignancy.
  5. Recognize important mucocutaneous clues to specific dermatomyositis subtypes.

Target Audience

Directed to primary care practitioners.


The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Anthony Fernandez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Associate Medical Director
Center for Continuing Education
Director, Medical Dermatology
Departments of Dermatology and Pathology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty has indicated that he may have a relationship which, in the context of his presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Anthony Fernandez, MD, PhD
  Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Consulting; Teaching and Speaking
  Pfizer, Inc. Independent contractor (including contracted research)
  Celgene Corporation Teaching and Speaking
  Mallinckrodt Inc. Independent contractor (including contracted research); Teaching and Speaking
  Roche Pharmaceuticals Principal Investigator for a Phase III Clinical Trial


This CME activity was produced by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Center for Continuing Education.