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JAMA Clinical Challenge
December 26, 2012

Facial and Upper Body Papules in a Patient With a Family History of Recurrent Pneumothorax

Author Affiliations

JAMA Clinical Challenge Section Editor: Huan J. Chang, MD, Contributing Editor. We encourage authors to submit papers for consideration as a JAMA Clinical Challenge. Please contact Dr Chang at tina.chang@jamanetwork.org

Author Affiliations: Dermatology Centre, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom.

JAMA. 2012;308(24):2622-2623. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.91099

A 31-year-old woman presents with a 10-year history of progressive development of small, whitish/skin-colored papules across her forehead, neck, and upper back (Figure, A). She also has scattered skin tags in this distribution. The patient also reports that her brother and father have similar papular facial rashes, and her father has had recurrent pneumothoraces in the past, necessitating pleurectomy. A skin biopsy obtained from a representative lesion confirms the presence of fibrofolliculomas (Figure, B).