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A solid circumscribed elevation of the skin varying from less than 0.1 to 1 centimeter in diameter.



a nodular elevation of the skin; an element of a skin rash. Papules accompany certain diseases of the skin and mucous membranes. They occur in different sizes, colors, and consistencies; in shape they may be conical, hemispheric, or flat. Inflammatory papules indicate the presence in the skin of an infiltrate, as in syphilis. An example of noninflammatory papules is the thickening of the epidermis in warts.

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The classical or multiple form was first described by Hoffmann and Zurhelle in the year 1921 [9] as groups of multiple, nontender, soft, pedunculated, cerebriform, yellowish or skin-coloured papules, nodules, or plaques.
The clinical presentation of SESD is usually indistinct, most frequently a papule or a nodule on the face of adults (1-2, 4, 6, 9, 12).
The condition may sound relatively benign in dogs, but papules can develop into painful lesions, hair loss or worse--a life-threatening staphylococcus infection.
John presented with papules and nodules on his torso, legs and arms.
Singh SK, Tehseen M, Kalam A: Painless piezogenic pedal papules in a patient with rheumatic heart disease: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2002;68:107-8.
He had a cat scratch 9 days before; the skin papule appeared 1 day before he sought treatment.
On day 6, the papules had increased in number and size, and the patient was hospitalized.
Deer ked dermatitis consists of a few to 20-50 red papules occurring mostly on the scalp, neck, and upper back.
Warty papules as well as larger verrucous papules and plaques were noted on the dorsum of hands, shins and feet (Fig 1, 2, 3).
In leprosy to differentiate between papule and nodule is important.
A non-tender, nonpruritic eschar that measured 1 cm x 1 cm was visible on his right lower extremity (Figure 1) along with [approximately equal to]15 nontender, nonpruritic papules on his torso, upper arms, and legs (Figure 2).