Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Granuloma Annulare Evaluation

The evaluation of granuloma annulare starts with a history and physical exam.

The diagnosis of granuloma annulare is usually made during physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with granuloma annulare include:

  • Skin lumps of bumps:
    • May be pink or red
  • Rash:
    • Spreading red rings
  • Locations include:
    • Back of the hand
    • Top of the foot
    • Top of the forearm
    • Front of the lower leg

Tests that may be used to evaluate granuloma annulare include:
  • Skin biopsy:
    • A skin scraping may be performed to exclude a fungal infection.
    • Can be used to confirm the diagnosis in questionable cases.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Granuloma Annulare References
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  2. Looney M, Smith KM. Isotretinoin in the treatment of granuloma annulare. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 Mar;38(3):494-7. [14970372]
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