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October 1932

LICHEN PLANUS OF THE NAILS: REPORT OF A CASE

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(4):677-683. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030676010
Abstract

Changes of the nails have rarely been reported in lichen planus, though many studies of the disease have been recorded. In an analysis of 270 cases, Little1 mentioned only one in which changes of the nails followed lichen planus. He pointed out that the nails are seldom attacked by the disease, and emphasized the silence of most authors on the subject as corroborating this fact. White,2 in reporting 64 cases and Culver,3 in reporting 148, do not mention changes of the nails, even though the hands and feet were often involved.

As early as 19004 and again in 1905,5 Heller questioned the occurrence of changes of the nails in lichen planus since in 80 cases he did not observe such a lesion. He considered the few cases already reported as possibly belonging to the pityriasis rubra pilaris (i.e., lichen ruber acuminatus) group or, more

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