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June 1943

SYMMETRIC LIVIDITY OF THE SOLES

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(6):822-825. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500240062010
Abstract

In 1925 Pernet1 described under the title "Symmetric Lividity of the Soles of the Feet" a disease involving only the soles and characterized by bilateral thickened, edematous, livid plaques which appeared to contain vesicles. Since then Parkhurst2 has reported 2 cases and cited 2 others previously unreported. Hitch and Hansen3 termed this dermatosis symmetric erythema of the soles, described 4 new cases in detail and reported having seen 2 others. Sutton and Sutton4 briefly described the disease.

Authors who have written of symmetric lividity of the soles have expressed the opinion that the dermatosis is not as rare as the number of reported cases would indicate. This opinion was verified in the number of patients with the dermatosis who were seen over a period of a few months at a large military post. During July, August and September, 1942, 18 patients with symmetric lividity of the

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