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July 1937


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(1):31-39. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480010035005

Steatocystoma multiplex, a distinct clinical entity which was first described by Bosellini1 in 1898, is characterized by the occurrence on various areas of the body where lanugo exists of small cystic tumors involving the pilosebaceous apparatus without causing any change in the appearance of the surrounding skin.

Bosellini1 termed the condition multiple follicular cutaneous cysts. It has been given various names: sebocystomatosis, multiple steatomas, steatomatosis, widespread trichosebaceous cystic nevus and steatocystoma multiplex. The last term was coined by Pringle and seems to cover fully the requisites for a proper nomenclature.

The disease affects essentially young persons. Of the seventeen recorded cases, in fifteen the condition began between the ages of 13 and 28, in one at 32 and in one at 61. Males are predominantly subject to it, the ratio of involvement in the two sexes being more than 3:1. The duration of the disease before medical aid