• Pinpoint bleeding and exposure of a red, glossy surface when overlying scales are scraped off
  • Seen in psoriasis
  • Named after Austrian dermatologist Auspitz who is credited for the sign, but was first described by others before him (therefore is a misnomer)


  1. Bickley L, Hoekelman R. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. Philadephia, Pa: Lippincott; 2009.