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May 1942


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Dermatology, New York University College of Medicine, and the Dermatological Service of the Third (New York University) Medical Division, Bellevue Hospital, service of Dr. Frank C. Combes.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;45(5):963-964. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500110123017

Rhinophyma on rare occasions may be associated with enlargement of the forehead and chin. Sams1 has reported the case of a woman with involvement of the chin simultaneous with rhinophyma. Stelwagon2 stated that thickening of the chin sometimes occurs in cases of rosacea.

We have been unable to find enlargement of the chin reported as a distinct entity independent of rhinophyma. We suggest the name "mentophyma." In our case the hypertrophy followed long-standing sycosis vulgaris. No signs of rosacea had ever existed, and the nose was normal.

REPORT OF A CASE  M. D., a white man aged 46, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with sycosis vulgaris. He stated that he had had this condition for twenty years, during which time he had been treated with different preparations but with little success. The enlargement of the chin had existed for four years.Physical examination gave essentially normal results except

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