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Light-Sensitive Dermatosis. Presented by Dr. J. Lamar Callaway, Durham, N. C.
S. R., a white man aged 28, a tobacco worker, presents on the face and dorsum of each hand filiform, verruca-like lesions with a translucent appearance, not unlike adenoma sebaceum. When the lesions are exposed to sunlight a severe erythema develops in a few minutes. He is prevented from swimming, playing tennis or engaging in activities that require him to be in the sunshine. A general physical examination gave normal results. Blood counts were normal, and serologic tests for syphilis gave negative results. Studies showed decided sensitivity to light. Coproporphyrin I in the urine measured 0.4960 mg.
Dr. L. W. Ketron, Baltimore: One could not interpret this condition other than as a peculiar response on the part of this patient to stimulation. Undoubtedly he is light sensitive. The response is somewhat like that in cases of the old
Ellis FA, Sandler IL, Sullivan M. BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):350–356. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140114022
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