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March 2000

Erythromelalgia—A Mysterious Condition?

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(3):406-409. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.3.406

ERYTHROMELALGIA (EM) is a rare condition characterized by the triad of red, hot, painful extremities. In what superficially appears to be the antithesis of Raynaud phenomenon, victims seek relief by cooling the affected extremity. The title of this editorial is adapted from a medical textbook and the existence of the condition was debated only a few years ago.13 Today EM is recognized and a MEDLINE search with this key word gives 221 reports from 1966 to 1999.

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