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July 1976

Juxta-clavicular Beaded Lines

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Tucson, Ariz

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(7):1034. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630310080028

To the Editor.—  Drs Butterworth and Johnson (Arch Dermatol 110:891-893, 1974) called attention to a quite common, cutaneous, anatomical variant, ie, the appearance of tiny (1 to 2 mm) papules, many of which are pierced with a vellus hair, that are grouped in a linear arrangement parallel to the clavical. This condition they term aptly "juxta-clavicular beaded lines" and state that it must be distinguished from papular mucinosis, disseminate and recurrent infundibulo-folliculitis, and cutis punctata linearis colli.However, after reading Even-Paz and Saghers'1 description of cutis punctata linearis colli, I conclude that both sets of authors are describing the same condition, both clinically and histologically. Drs Butterworth and Johnson state that cutis punctata linearis colli is distinguished from their entity, juxta-clavicular beaded lines, by the fact that the former shows redness of intervening skin between the papules, is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, and shows a notable,

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