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July 1920


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;2(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350070004001

LITERATURE ON LICHEN NITIDUS  Lichen nitidus was first described by Pinkus,1 in 1901, and in an exhaustive paper on the subject, which he contributed to Neisser's Festschrift, in 1907, the Berlin dermatologist gave a detailed clinical and histologic report of nine cases of the disorder. Since that time, examples have been recorded by Arndt2 Kyrle and McDonagh,3 Reines4 and Bachrach,5 in England and on the Continent, and by myself6 in this country. It is probable, as Pinkus has suggested, that the disorder is not nearly so rare as the literature would indicate. Owing to the absence of subjective symptoms, many cases are undoubtedly overlooked.The disease is characterized by the presence of one or more irregular patches, or collections, of numerous smooth, slightly elevated, rounded, pin-point to pinhead sized, pinkish, flesh-colored papules, some of which are marked by slight central depressions. The mucous membranes

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