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February 1935


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Dr. H. E. Michelson, Director, and the Dermatology Service, Minneapolis General Hospital, Dr. S. E. Sweitzer, Chief.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(2):196-212. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460200040004

Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans was the descriptive term first used by Herxheimer and Hartmann1 in 1902 to designate a cutaneous condition belonging in the general group of atrophy of the skin. Although the symptom complex of the disease has been broadened through innumerable discussions, it still presents an important problem, as to both etiology and therapy, and little more is known today concerning those phases of the syndrome than at the time it was first described. The literature on this comparatively rare condition has recently been thoroughly reviewed by Oppenheim2 in Jadassohn's "Handbuch," but it is felt that any interesting and relatively infrequent features of the disease should be reported.

The subject of idiopathic atrophy of the skin was discussed but little by the older authors,3 as Hebra, Kaposi and Neumann, who grouped as atrophia cutis various cutaneous changes like xeroderma pigmentosa, stria distensae and senile skin, which

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