Dermatologic Diagnoses

This list of dermatology diagnoses is provided to give you an idea of the types of patient problems covered in the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination. The numbers in parentheses indicate the percent of test questions assigned to each area. Subscores in these areas are reported to persons who do not pass the test. This is not a definitive list of test content. Some diagnoses on the list will not be on the test, and other diagnoses--not on the list--may be on the test.

I. Neoplasms (20%)

  • Actinic keratosis Keratoacanthoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma Malignant melanoma
  • B & T-cell lymphomas/S├ęzary syndrome Port-wine stain
  • Dermatofibroma Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Immunosuppression, increased risk Seborrheic keratosis
  • Hemangiomas Pyogenic granuloma
  • Pagets disease (nipple) Bowen's disease
  • Sebaceous adenoma Nevi

II. Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses (20%)

  • Atopic dermatitis Pityriasis alba
  • Contact dermatitis Pityriasis rubra pilaris
  • Eosinophilia pustular folliculitis Pityriasis rosea
  • Erythroderma Nummular eczema
  • Grover's disease Xerosis cutis
  • Intertrigo Psoriasis/inverse psoriasis
  • Keratosis pilaris Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Lichen planus Stasis dermatitis
  • Lichen simplex chronicus/striatus
  • Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP, formerly known as PUPPP)

III. Adnexal Disease (15%)

  • Acne Perioral dermatitis
  • Acne keloidalis Rosacea
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa Sebaceous hyperplasia
  • Hyperhidrosis Paronychia/melanonychia
  • Onychodystrophy Alopecia/other hair problems
  • Cysts (epidermal inclusion, digital mucoid, etc.)

IV. Infections, Infestations, Bites and Stings (10%)

  • Anthrax Erythrasma
  • Candidiasis Rubeola
  • Cellulitis and erysipelas Molluscum contagiosum
  • Condylomata acuminata Pediculosis (capitis, corporis, pubis)
  • Cutaneous larva migrans Psychodermatosis
  • Furuncles and carbuncles Scabies
  • Tick-borne disease Tineas
  • Impetigo Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
  • Herpes simplex virus and herpes zoster Syphilis
  • Insect bites and stings Verruca

V. Photodamage, Aging Skin, and Pigmentary Disorders (10%)

  • Elastosis Poikiloderma of Civatte
  • Favre-Racouchot disease Telangiectasias
  • Lentigines
  • Disorders of hypopigmentation (vitiligo, hypomelanosis)
  • Disorders of hyperpigmentation (acanthosis nigricans, melasma, drug-related)

VI. Vesiculobullous, Autoimmune, and Connective Tissue (10%)

  • Keloids Linear IgA bullous dermatosis
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis Morphea
  • Dermatomyositis Pemphigoid
  • Psudoxanthoma elasticum Pemphigus
  • SLE (discoid and systemic) Scleroderma
  • Hypertrophic scars Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus

VII. Urticarias, Erythemas, Photosensitivities, and Purpuras (10%)

  • Drug eruptions Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Urticaria and angioedema Mastocytosis
  • Vasculitis and purpuras Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Polymorphous light eruption Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Erythema multiforme Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Neurophilic dermatosis
  • Panniculitis

VIII. Systemic Disease, Granulomatous/Neutrophilic Conditions, and Genodermatoses (5%)

  • Xanthomas Sarcoidosis
  • Pruritus Keratoderma
  • Darier's disease Neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis
  • Necrobiosis lipoidica Sweet's syndrome
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum Signs of drug abuse
  • Ichthyosis Ethers-Danlos syndrome
  • Sarcoidal granuloma

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