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January 1951


Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. F. E. Senear, chief, and the Cook County Hospital.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(1):70-72. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570010073005

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ALMOST two years ago I saw a child with a peculiar streak straddling her nose. It was about a millimeter in width and about where the middle and lower thirds of the nose join. It was rose red and straight and lay athwart the nose. The child complained of no symptoms, nor was there tenderness. The mother said she had noticed the linear formation for several months—from the time her daughter was 10 years old. Sometimes it stood out more and then paled; it did not entirely fade.

About five months later, I chanced to see a similar lesion on a girl of 12. This observation was a coincidence, as the child came to me because of some other disorder. The mother said that the streak might have been present for some months, but she was not sure (it did not concern her much). In every way the streak astride

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