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September 1943


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(3):310-311. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510030063011

We have had occasion to observe a dermatologic entity which has received but scant attention. The condition of yellow dermographia (ikterische Hautschrift)1 has not been described in the American literature, although some reports have occurred in the foreign literature.2 In the case to be described we are dealing with an instance of dermographia and beginning jaundice, conditions which seem essential for the spontaneous development of this entity.


On Sept. 15, 1939 a white man aged 23 presented himself at the office complaining of an unusual "nettle rash" which had been present for two days. The patient, who was above average intelligence, stated that the lesions resembled hives, but that the centers were yellow. Examination revealed that there was a diffuse urticaria involving the chest, abdomen and back and that there were sporadic hives on the extremities. The periphery of the lesions was erythematous, but