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January 1941

AN UNUSUAL CASE OF LICHEN PLANUS

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Kansas City, Mo.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(1):155-158. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490190158012

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Abstract

A great deal of dermatologic literature has been devoted to lichen planus, especially as to methods of treatment and hypotheses concerning its causation, but comparatively few unusual cases have been recorded.

Nowhere have we been able to find any description of lesions of lichen planus simulating porokeratosis or intraepidermal epithelioma. For that reason we wish to report a case in which the condition clinically resembled both of these diseases (fig. 1) but certainly had none of the characteristics which we had associated with lichen planus and would not have been correctly diagnosed if histologic examination had not been made.

REPORT OF CASE  R. S., a white man aged 45, came to our office on May 11, 1940 for diagnosis and treatment of a cutaneous lesion which had been present for three years on the lower half of his right leg. It had developed from a slight scratch incurred while he

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