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March 2002

Skin Lesions of Sweet Syndrome and Its Dorsal Hand Variant Contain Vasculitis: An Oxymoron or an Epiphenomenon?

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(3):400-403. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.3.400

IN THIS ISSUE of the ARCHIVES, 2 articles address intriguing features pertaining to neutrophilic dermatosis: (1) a clinicopathologic study that demonstrated the presence of vasculitis in 6 of 28 lesional skin biopsy specimens from 21 patients with Sweet syndrome1 and (2) a retrospective study of the clinical and histopathologic characteristics found in 7 women with neutrophilic dermatosis of the dorsal hands (NDDH).2 How are we to integrate this information into our preexisting concepts of these conditions? My interpretation of these findings has been formulated by asking (and answering) several questions.

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