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February 1981

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COORDINATOR University of California School of Medicine, San Diego

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(2):116-118. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650020058028


LT Kenneth J. Folsom, MC, USNR, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego

A 59-year-old man had a several-year history of slightly inflamed, translucent, 3- to 5-mm papules that first developed on the backs of his hands (Fig 1) and later appeared on his face and ears. These lesions tended to coalesce and were asymptomatic except for some transient pruritus.

The patient's family history and a review of symptoms were noncontributory. Photomicrographs of a skin biopsy specimen are shown in Fig 2 and 3.

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LCDR Barbara G. Anderson, MC, USNR, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego

A 24-year-old man had blue-gray tender lesions on his trunk and thighs that had gradually appeared during 1½ years. He was adopted and knew nothing of his family history.

The lesions were 2 to 5 mm, slightly elevated, compressible, and tender on

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