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October 1941


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(4):760-771. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500040215023

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Linear Nevus with Intense Pruritus. Presented by Dr. J. Gardner Hopkins.  J. B., a boy aged 2½ years, showed at birth a red mark extending down the inner side of the thigh and the lower portion of the leg. During his first year the infant began to scratch this lesion. He has since complained of intense, almost continuous itching and of pain when the lesion was dressed or handled. There were frequent paroxysms of crying day and night. When he was first seen, a year ago, there were exuding and crusted lesions in a band from Poupart's ligament to the internal malleolus. Cultures showed Staphylococcus aureus only. Under mild antisepsis the lesions became dry and presented a lichenified appearance typical of a linear epidermal nevus. The pruritus continued to be severe until four roentgen ray treatments of 100 r each were given three months ago.The case is presented as

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