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June 1998

Multiple Asymptomatic Papules in the Popliteal Fossa

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Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(6):743-748. doi:

A 72-year-old white man presented for evaluation of multiple slow-growing papules in the right popliteal fossa. These asymptomatic papules had been present for several years.

The findings of the physical examination were notable for 4 variably sized, reddish-brown, firm papules, the largest measuring 6 mm and the smallest 2 mm, in the right popliteal fossa (Figure 1 [arrows identify smaller papules on the medial surface]). The papules were smooth and dome shaped, and the largest one had a peripheral collarette of fine white scale and a moist-appearing surface. The results of the rest of the physical examination were significant only for diffuse, mild xerosis.

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