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U NIT 13: Intergumentary Function Skin problems are encountered frequently in nursing practice. Skin-related complaints account for 5% to 10% of all ambulatory patient visits in this country. Because the skin mirrors the general condition of the patient, many systemic conditions may be accompanied by dermatologic manifestations. The psychologic stress of illness or a variety of personal and family problems are frequently exhibited outwardly as dermatologic problems. Any hospitalized patient may suddenly develop itching and a rash secondary to the treatment regimen. In certain systemic conditions, such as hepatitis and cancer, dermatologic manifestations may be the first sign that these disorders are present. P hysiologic O verview The skin is a structure that is indispensable for human life. It forms a barrier between the internal organs and the external environment and participates in many vital functions of the body. The skin is continuous with the
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