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December 1938

SYMMETRIC ERYTHEMA OF THE SOLES: "SYMMETRICAL LIVIDITIES OF THE SOLES OF THE FEET" (PERNET)

Author Affiliations

RALEIGH, N. C.; DES MOINES, IOWA

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Virginia.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(6):881-892. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480180047005
Abstract

In 1925 Pernet1 presented 2 cases of a symmetric eruption of the soles. He referred to this entity as "Symmetrical Lividities of the Soles of the Feet." This disease apparently was not reported again until 1933, when Parkhurst2 recorded in detail 2 additional cases and mentioned that Jamieson3 in a personal communication had said he probably had seen 5 or 6 similar lesions.

The first case of Pernet's1 was that of a 13 year old girl who had preexisting morphea. Symmetric areas suddenly appeared on the soles, in the region of the heels. These areas he described as slightly raised, with well defined borders, bluish red and having an edematous blebby look but containing no fluid.

In his second case, that of a boy of 14, there were the same symmetric pale cyanotic slightly raised areas with somewhat reddened borders about the heels. Both patients had

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