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December 1941

POIKILODERMATOMYOSITIS: REPORT OF A CASE WITH COMPLETE POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of Pathology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(6):1086-1097. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500060107010
Abstract

It is the purpose of this paper to present a case of poikilodermatomyositis with a complete postmortem examination, as such reports are relatively rare, especially in the American literature.

In 1906 G. Petges and Cléjat1 described a disease which they termed "atrophic sclerosis of the skin and generalized myositis." In 1929, after observing additional cases and noting similarities to the cutaneous lesions described by Jacobi2 and designated "poikilodermia atrophicans vascularis," G. Petges3 gave the condition the name "poikilodermatomyositis." The subject of the poikilodermas in general and of poikilodermatomyositis in particular has been thoroughly reviewed by G. Petges and A. Petges.4 They distinguished three forms of poikiloderma: (1) a purely cutaneous form; (2) poikilodermatomyositis, a form associated with generalized myositis, and (3) poikilodermatomyositis accompanied by subcutaneous calcareous concretions. In their article Petges and Petges recorded 29 reported instances of poikilodermatomyositis. In 4 of these the condition was

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