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September 1942


Author Affiliations

Major, Medical Corps, United States Army PITTSBURGH

From the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(3):414-418. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500150080009

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We have observed a patient with an unusual type of atrophy, which affected the skin and the subcutaneous tissue. The appearance was so bizarre and extensive as to be worthy of special notice.

REPORT OF A CASE  M. C., a white Slavish laborer aged 46, was first seen on Nov. 14, 1941, because of an extensive and severe atrophy of five years' duration.This process began as a small circumscribed vesicular eruption of the dorsa of the feet, which within four months developed into an extensive dermatitis of the lower extremities, including the feet. The swelling, redness, itching and burning persisted for approximately two years. When this acute acrodermatitis subsided an atrophy of the skin and subcutaneous tissues became apparent.These atrophic changes involved various parts of the body, and the involvement varied greatly in kind and in severity. On the knuckles but principally on the elbows the skin was

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