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December 1926


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;14(6):740-746. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370240107013

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Macular Atrophy. Presented by Dr. Sweitzer.  A woman, aged 24, stated that about three years before presentation she had noticed peculiar lesions of the skin. The first lesion was on the forehead and others have since appeared on the face and upper part of the chest, front and back. Numerous small white areas were present. The skin showed wrinkling and ballooning, and the area felt depressed to the examining finger.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Sweitzer: This is the second one of a general group presented before this society. It is rare. I think macular atrophy, stria atrophicans and some types of scleroderma are closely allied. This case is similar to one Dr. Michelson had except that there is not such a rigid edge to the lesion; this has only the flat atrophy without so much loss of tissue. Dr. Michelson made a good biopsy examination in this case, and some of the

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