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July 1950

POIKILODERMATOMYOSITIS (POIKILODERMA VASCULARE ATROPHICANS): Report of a Case Exhibiting Features of Panniculitis, Scleroderma, Periarteritis Nodosa and Calcinosis Cutis

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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(1):131-137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530140135015

In recent years there has accumulated a large literature dealing with the interrelationship of scleroderma, dermatomyositis, poikiloderma vasculare atrophicans, disseminated lupus erythematosus, panniculitis, periarteritis nodosa and myositis fibrosa. While these diseases are distinct clinical entities in their typical forms, some specific cases are not typical and show features which may belong to other members of the group, thus making a single diagnosis an impossibility.

At this time there is no agreement on whether or not these diseases have a common etiology or whether their histopathologic and clinical resemblances are only coincidental. Until the problem of etiology is solved one can only speculate and record clinical and pathologic evidence.

Therefore, we present a report of the history and clinical course of a patient who was originally given the diagnosis of dermatomyositis but who later showed also the features of poikiloderma vasculare atrophicans, scleroderma, panniculitis, periarteritis nodosa and calcinosis cutis.


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