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January 1945


Author Affiliations

Fellow in Dermatology and Syphilology, Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(1):32-47. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510190037005

Many names have been given to the disease considered in the present paper, which in the United States is most commonly referred to as acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans1 but which when generalized also is called diffuse idiopathic atrophy of the skin. Other terms include "dermatitis atrophicans diffusa progressiva" (Oppenheim), dermatite chronique atrophiante (maladie de Pick-Herxheimer) and the older term érythromyélie (Pick). The disease is not to be confused with types of atrophoderma maculatum (atrophia maculosa et striata2) or macular atrophies, including forms of anetoderma,3 or vergetures, and striae distensae. The terms "idiopathic macular atrophy," "anetoderma maculosum" or "anetoderma erythematodes" of Jadassohn, "dermatitis atrophicans maculosa" and vergetures are all applied to discrete, macular, atrophic lesions which may be associated with acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, occur entirely independent of the latter disease or arise secondarily from other dermatoses.

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