February 2002

Mycosis FungoidesNew Insights Into an Old Problem

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(2):244-246. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.2.244

MYCOSIS FUNGOIDES (MF), as first described by Alibert1 during the 19th century, is now simply defined as an indolent CD4+ non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects the skin primarily with erythematous patches, plaques, and tumors. Nevertheless, many subtypes of MF have been identified (eg, granulomatous MF,2 hyperkeratotic MF,3 hypopigmented MF,4 MF associated with follicular mucinosis,5 MF bullosa,6 MF palmaris et plantaris,7 granulomatous slack skin,8 and pagetoid reticulosis9), each nominally with its own set of clinical and histologic presentations.10

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