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August 1933

CLINICAL VARIANTS OF FAMILIAR DISEASES OF THE SKIN: PHENOLPHTHALEIN ERUPTION; PITYRIASIS ROSEA; LICHEN PLANUS; PARAPSORIASIS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;28(2):190-192. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01460020044009

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Abstract

The following are cases of familiar diseases of the skin whose interest lies in the fact that they presented clinical pictures varying from the usual descriptions given in textbooks.

REPORT OF CASES  The first case is one of a large bullous eruption of the palms due to ingestion of phenolphthalein.

Case 1.—  A man, aged 46, was seen at intervals during 1928 and 1929 for lichen planus. In 1930, he had an acute eruption on the dorsa of the hands and on the abdomen which clinically was erythema multiforme; it was found to be due to a laxative preparation containing phenolphthalein. He discontinued the use of the drug, and the eruption disappeared. In October, 1932, he was again seen with an eruption on the hands and the abdomen that had developed after the ingestion of a proprietary drug containing phenolphthalein. On the abdomen and the dorsa of the hands there

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