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A Blistering Rash

      In the following case, the onset of an infection-associated skin rash was probably triggered by the stress of surgery. The patient, a 53-year-old man with a history of chronic hepatitis C infection, alcohol abuse, and right supracondylar fracture, presented with a painful, blistering skin eruption that had developed shortly after surgery to release a contracture of his right elbow. The rash consisted of little blisters on the exposed areas of his right arm, forearm, and elbow. It was mildly painful, non-pruritic, and easily ruptured, leaving erosions (Figure 1).
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      Figure 1Blisters on the arm, forearm, and elbow in exposed areas.
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