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May 1982

Hypodermitis SclerodermiformisSuccessful Treatment With Ultrasound

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Southern California Permanente Medical Group (Drs Rowe and Cantwell); and the Department of Dermatology, University of California (Dr Rowe), Los Angeles.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(5):312-314. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650170026016

• We report herein the successful use of ultrasound therapy in the treatment of hypodermitis sclerodermiformis (HS). It is a skin disease characterized by well-circumscribed, chronic, painful and tender, single or multiple, board-like, indurated, sharply bordered lesions, occurring on the legs of patients with venous insufficiency. Hypodermitis sclerodermiformis is a little-known clinical entity, often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as phlebitis, cellulitis, or stasis dermatitis. It merits clinical recognition because of the gratifying and unique response it has to treatment with ultrasound therapy.

(Arch Dermatol 1982;118:312-314)