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May 1950

LIPOMELANOTIC RETICULOSIS: Report of Two Cases in Which the Condition Developed Into Mycosis Fungoides

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Edward A. Oliver, M.D., chairman.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(5):830-841. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530120121012

THE ATTENTION of dermatologists has been focused during the past decade on a certain group of diseases in which there is a definite relation between a chronic erythroderma and enlargement of the superficial lymph nodes and which is not part of the very large group of "scaly erythrodermas." The increasing number of papers1 on the subject would indicate that one is dealing with a definite syndrome. Each writer has given a different title to this syndrome, with a resulting state of confusion. The majority of papers have stressed the benignity of this syndrome. It is our purpose to show that not all cases are benign and that some may eventuate malignantly. The following 2 cases show the transformation from a lipomelanotic hyperplasia into mycosis fungoides.


Case 1.2—L. J., a Negro steelworker aged 33, was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill.,