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Reticular Telangiectatic Erythema After Total Knee Replacement SurgeryA Report of Two Cases
Ha K. Do, MD, MA1; Nico Mousdicas, MBCHB, MMED, MD1
1 Department of Dermatology, Indiana University, 545 Barnhill Drive-EH 139, Indianapolis, IN 46202. E-mail address for H.K. Do: hado@iupui.edu
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Investigation performed at the Department of Dermatology, Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, Indiana



Disclosure: None of the authors received payments or services, either directly or indirectly (i.e., via his or her institution), from a third party in support of any aspect of this work. One or more of the authors, or his or her institution, has had a financial relationship, in the thirty-six months prior to submission of this work, with an entity in the biomedical arena that could be perceived to influence or have the potential to influence what is written in this work. No author has had any other relationships, or has engaged in any other activities, that could be perceived to influence or have the potential to influence what is written in this work. The complete Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest submitted by authors are always provided with the online version of the article.

Copyright © 2013 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Case Connector, 2013 May 22;3(2):e49 1-4. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.L.00193
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In 1981, Gensch and Schmitt described a case of reticular telangiectatic erythema (RTE) associated with a cardiac pacemaker device1. RTE is clinically characterized by an asymptomatic or mildly pruritic cutaneous eruption that presents as a blanching redness in a netlike or blotchy pattern on or near the site of an implant. The occurrence of RTE in association with nonorthopaedic devices such as cardiac pacemakers has previously been reported, mostly in the dermatology literature2-16. In these reports, the appearance of RTE often occurred after the implantation of the devices, with a time frame ranging from fifteen days to four years. We report two cases of RTE that were associated with orthopaedic implants. RTE of the knee after joint replacement surgery is a benign skin reaction that can be mistaken for cellulitis, infection associated with the prosthesis, tinea corporis (ringworm), or allergic contact dermatitis to the metallic or nonmetallic components of the medical prosthesis. The patients were informed that data concerning their cases would be submitted for publication, and they both provided consent.
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