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August 2002

Linear Warty Papules on the Neck of a Young Woman

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(8):1091-1096. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.8.1091

A 20-year-old woman presented to the dermatology department with skin-colored and erythematous warty papules arranged vertically in a linear fashion on the nape of her neck (Figure 1 and Figure 2). The lesion had been present since birth but approximately 1 year earlier, during the patient's first pregnancy, the lesion appeared to grow and became more prominent at the superior pole. Because of the sudden change in the lesion and the recent onset of pain at the site, her general practitioner treated her with oral antibiotics for a presumed infection. She was otherwise in good health. The lesion was excised (Figure 3).

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