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April 1987

Papular Elastorrhexis: A Variety of Nevus Anelasticus?

Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology; Department of Pathology Hospital de Bellvitge "Principes de España" L'Hospitalet de Llobregat Barcelona, Spain

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(4):433-434. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660280033016
Abstract

To the Editor.—  Connective tissue nevi are localized nevoid malformations of mesenchyme in which one or more dermal components, mostly those in the extracellular matrix, can be increased or decreased and/or deformed.1 Whenever the most prominent alterations are in the elastic tissue the condition is often referred to as nevus elasticus. This condition can be characterized either by an excess (plus nevus) or a defect (minus nevus or nevus anelasticus) of elastic tissue.2 We report herein a case that we believe might be considered a variety of nevus anelasticus.

Report of a Case.—  A 17-year-old boy with unremarkable medical and family history presented with several asymptomatic cutaneous lesions that had progressively developed for three years. However, in the last six months, the incidence of appearance of new lesions had increased. Twenty-three lesions were detected on examination. They consisted of flat, firm, yellowish, isolated, painless, oval-shaped papules, ranging in

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