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October 1938

IS LICHEN NITIDUS A VARIETY OF LICHEN PLANUS?

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE; PHILADELPHIA

From the Johns Hopkins Medical School, Department of Dermatology.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(4):569-573. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480160061006
Abstract

Haynes and Hellier1 recently reported a case of lichen planus associated with lichen planus hypertrophicus, lichen planus acuminatus (spinulosus) and lichen nitidus. Histologic examination of lesions of the last two diseases showed an infiltration characteristic of the last condition, consisting of epithelioid cells, lymphocytes and giant cells. The authors stated that the observation of these various associated lesions suggested "une parenté étroite" between lichen nitidus and lichen planus. We decry with Haynes2 the lack of agreement on the terminology of the variants of lichen planus. He called the acuminate lesion lichen verrucosus, but the latter never shows the histologic3 picture of lichen planus. Cases of associated lichen planus and lichen nitidus had been previously reported by Civatte,4 Rabut and Guex5 and Barber.6 Juliusberg7 discussed cases of a similar association. Pels8 published the report of an interesting case of miliary lichen

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