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August 1944

LICHEN SCLEROSUS ET ATROPHICUS: REPORT OF ITS OCCURRENCE IN A NEGRO

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Harlem Hospital, Dr. Oswald La Rotonda, Medical Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(2):120-122. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510140043010
Abstract

Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus is observed rarely in white patients, but its occurrence in Negroes is still more infrequent. A search of the literature failed to disclose a single report dealing with this disease in a Negro. During an experience of twenty-four years at a clinic devoted almost exclusively to the treatment of Negro patients, just 1 case of lichen sclerosus et atrophicus has been encountered. This case was considered of sufficient interest to record.

REPORT OF A CASE

An obese full-blooded American Negress, aged 51, mother of ten healthy offspring, sought relief for a pruritic eruption which had been present for one year. She also complained of lassitude and exertional dyspnea. The menopause had developed at the age of 49.

The dermatitis was generalized, symmetric and moderately pruritic and was noted principally on the chest, shoulders, abdomen and upper extremities; the scalp, face and oral cavity remained free.

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