Lichen scrofulosorum is a rare disease in all localities except Vienna, where the first case described occurred. It is very rare in California. Besides being interesting for its rarity, lichen scrofulosorum is interesting historically, as it was the first of the tuberculids to be correctly linked with tuberculosis, and by no less a personage than Ferdinand Hebra, one of that small group of remarkable men, including Willan and Bateman, Alibert and Biett, who made the first discoveries in the modern study of dermatology.
Lichen scrofulosorum occurs chiefly on the trunk, usually in pasty, pale, scrofulous children who show enlarged cervical lymphatic nodules, tuberculosis of the bone and frequently the characteristic scabby, enlarged lips, especially the upper lip. In such cases the torpid, brownishyellow papular eruption is easy to recognize.
REPORT OF A CASE
A woman, aged 57, was under treatment for discoid lupus erythematosus. She showed no symptoms of tuberculosis
MONTGOMERY DW. COINCIDENCE OF LICHEN SCROFULOSORUM WITH LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(3):371–373. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460210082009
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