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January 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, H. E. Michelson, M.D., Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(1):27-29. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480070030003

Some areas of the body seem immune to the invasion of certain diseases. This appears to be true of the eyelids in lichen planus; but we saw five patients in whom the eyelids were the seat of unmistakable lesions of lichen planus and thought our observations worthy of record.

A careful review of the voluminous literature on this disease reveals the fact that reports of localization to the eyelids are extremely rare.

Juliusberg,1 in his section in Jadassohn's handbook, dealt with only two such reports and stated that lichen planus of the eyelids is one of the rarest of manifestations.

Gaucher and Druelle2 in 1904, in describing a case of extensive lichen planus in a 53 year old man, referred to lesions on the lower palpebral conjunctivae.

In 1924 Luhr3 reported an odd example of generalized lichen planus. The patient was a man 75 years of age

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