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February 1931


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(2):359-362. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880200149013

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Lichen Planus Hypertrophicus. Presented by Dr. M. T. Van Studdiford.  L. K., a Negro, employed in a paper mill, aged 61, who presented lesions, gave a history of handling alkalis, used for bleaching purposes. Three weeks previous to admission to our service he stopped work, and during this period applied salves and lotions to the lesions. He appeared to have a typical occupational dermatitis. His legs, arms, neck and back were much inflamed; so much so, that he was given wet packs of boric acid continuously. After this acute condition cleared up, he presented very nearly a typical lichen planus hypertrophicus, and although this is of several weeks' duration, he still has lesions which give the appearance of lichen planus hypertrophicus. I think that the only other lesion with which one could confuse it would be epidermophytosis, as a Negro's skin so often becomes hypertrophic on the least irritation. I

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