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October 1998

Summertime Actinic Lichenoid Eruption, a Distinct Entity, Should Be Termed Actinic Lichen Nitidus

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(10):1302-1303. doi:

Summertime actinic lichenoid eruption (SALE) was first described by Bedi1 in 1978. There is no subsequent report of similar cases. Nine similar cases with new findings and new conclusions are reported herein. Controversy about the use of terms actinic lichen planus (ALP) and SALE is also discussed.

Features of 9 patients with pinhead hypopigmented nonscaly papules limited to sun-exposed areas were recorded. These patients were seen from July 1993 to May 1997. Their workup included a detailed medical history, a complete physical examination, and skin biopsy samples, which were routinely processed and stained with hematoxylin-eosin.

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