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May 1977

Psychogenic Purpura

Author Affiliations

From the Sections of Dermatology (Drs Stocker and Clendenning) and Hematology (Dr McIntyre), Department of Medicine, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Hanover, NH.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(5):606-609. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640050066008

• Two young women had painful ecchymoses of their extremities. In one, this purpuric syndrome followed a chronic course and resulted in severe joint disability. In the other woman, the problem was transient and relatively benign. Emotional factors in their disease were of major importance. No abnormalities of hemostasis or immune function were found. These cases demonstrate the many problems encountered in the diagnosis and management of such patients.

(Arch Dermatol 113:606-609, 1977)