June 1953

CUTANEOUS PAPILLOMATOSISConfluent and Reticulated Variety

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine (Dermatology), The New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical College.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(6):594-597. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540060056008

CONFLUENT and reticulated papillomatosis was first described in 1929 by Gougerot and Carteaud,1 who observed the disorder to be characterized by papuloverrucous lesions which have a tendency to become confluent and which produce a reticulated pattern. These authors again discussed the condition in 19322 and presented additional cases. Wise and Sachs,3 in the first account of this dermatosis in the American literature, reviewed the clinical and microscopic features of a case in which the patient had been presented before the section on dermatology of the New York Academy of Medicine.4

A second American case of this disorder was recently observed and is herewith reported.


M. W., a 32-year-old Negro Jamaican housewife, first entered the Dermatology Clinic of the New York Hospital in December, 1951. She presented an eruption of widespread distribution, which was asymptomatic. The dermatosis began in 1948 and first

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