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November 1977

Clarification of Lichen Planus Actinicus

Author Affiliations

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1615. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110135045

To the Editor.—  In the recent article by Dilaimy in the Archives (112:1251-1253, 1976), the author describes an annular lichen planus that is unique and clinically distinct in the Middle East countries and that he has named "lichen planus subtropicus."However, I wish to refer to an article by Katzenellenbogen1 in which the author describes similar features, ie, pigmented patches, with a slightly elevated border, on sun-exposed areas of the skin that are worsened by sun exposure and that occur in a younger age-group of persons than that in cases of classical lichen planus. In addition, this author describes a dyschromic and granular annulare variety of lichen planus in these patients.Dilaimy does not mention these varieties dyschromic granuloma annulare) in his patients, but the similarity of the pigmented, annular, actinic lichen planus in these two articles should warrant the retention of the original name, lichen planus actinicus, rather

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