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May 2001

Are Porokeratoses an Infection?

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(5):665. doi:

I read the communication from Hernandez and colleagues1 in the December 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES in which they report a case of disseminated porokeratosis and add to the list of diseases associated with this unusual keratosis. Although textbooks have considered the disease to be a disorder of keratinization or a chromosomal defect,2 I believe that it is clear at this point that porokeratoses are actually manifestations of viral infection.

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