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May 1929


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(5):825-836. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380230115013

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Lichen Planus Linearis. Presented by Dr. Waugh.  A woman, aged 39, had a disorder of five months' duration, which began as an itching eruption in the left axillary region, and gradually spread in a linear manner to the forearm, wrist and little finger, where the involvement was less than one-half inch (12.70 mm.) wide. On the forearm the involvement was about 1 inch (2.54 cm.) wide, and on the upper arm a slightly wider, bandlike area was present. Itching was pronounced. The eruption consisted of grouped, flat-topped papules.Treatment had consisted of injections of corrosive mercuric chloride, and one-fourth unit of roentgen rays at weekly intervals. Six treatments had been given, and the eruption had largely disappeared. Permission for biopsy could not be secured.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Goeckerman: It is difficult to express a definite opinion, although I thought several areas showed papules. I believe it is a case of lichen

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