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August 2015

Buzzwords in DermatologyOpening a Can of Worms

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Westmead Hospital Australia, New South Wales, Australia
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(8):871. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.0541

Like moths to a flame, the phylum Arthropoda has attracted the attention of dermatologists with several classical dermatological descriptions drawn from insects.

It is well known that the malar rash in acute lupus erythematosus resembles the morphologic appearance of a butterfly, with wings spanning across the cheeks, and is hence more commonly referred to as a “butterfly rash.”1 Bees have inspired a number of terms, such the characteristic transgradiens palmoplantar keratoderma of Vohwinkel syndrome, which is described as having the appearance of honeycomb, as well as the colloquial “hives” of urticarial pathologic abnormalities.2

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