Dermatitis vegetans cannot be accepted as a clinical entity since it occurs as a secondary manifestation in unrelated dermatoses of both benign and grave character, indicating a varied etiology. Our problem, therefore, consists in separating these various conditions, especially from the standpoint of etiology and prognosis.
Hallopeau described a benign type beginning as small erythematous circular patches; millet seed-sized seropustules developed, the lesions enlarging by peripheral extension as they cleared in the center, leaving a brownish pigmentation. The case here reported (case 3) corresponded to his description in clinical detail.
REPORT OF CASE
M. L., a man, aged 80, was admitted to the Newark City Hospital in June, 1929.Physical examination and the general laboratory examination revealed nothing unusual.The cutaneous lesion at this time consisted of a vegetating dermatitis limited to the groins and perineum. Under treatment with antiseptic wet dressings, the patient improved and was discharged in November,
WALLHAUSER HJF, Wallhauser A. DERMATITIS VEGETANSREPORT OF AN EXTENSIVE CASE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;29(2):282–286. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460080112010