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December 1936


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;34(6):980-988. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470180047005

Atrophoderma reticulatum is a term which includes a group of cutaneous conditions characterized by the symmetrical involvement of the cheeks and the lobes of the ears. The eruption consists of atrophied follicles containing keratotic plugs. These pits at times may be erythematous. The depressed follicles are separated from each other by thin bands of skin elevated above the level of the atrophied follicles.


Unna,1 in 1896, described the condition of a girl aged 17 whose cheeks and lobes of the ears were involved by furrows and grooves resembling "the worm-eaten bark of a tree." Seborrhea and comedones were absent. He described the histologic changes in stages—inflammation in the cutis, atrophy of perifollicular connective tissue and disappearance of lanugo hairs. He called the condition ulerythema acneiforme and considered it to be quite different from acne vulgaris.

Thieberge2 reported a case in which

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