The article “Evaluating the Febrile Patient with a Rash” (August 15, 2000, page 804) contained an error in the last complete sentence on page 809. The sentence should have been stated this way: “Recurrent episodes of erythema multiforme minor usually precede an outbreak of herpes simplex by several days.” Question 8 of the “Clinical Quiz” was misleading as a result of this error. Choice E of Question 8 appears to represent a correct response to the question (that is, it appears to be an incorrect statement); however, choice E is actually a correct statement and therefore an incorrect answer choice. The correct choice for Question 8 is B.
Q8. Which one of the following statements about erythema multiforme is incorrect?
A. At least 50 percent of cases are idiopathic.
B. Oral corticosteroids are recommended to attenuate the symptoms.
C. The minor form tends to be limited to extensor surfaces of the extremities.
D. Bullous lesions and systemic symptoms characterize the major form.
E. Recurrent episodes usually precede an outbreak of herpes simplex virus by several days.