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September 1951


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(3):301-308. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570090048006

PUNCTATE keratosis of the palms and soles is a comparatively rare condition. The number of various names proposed by different authors nearly equals the total number of cases reported in the literature. Keratoderma disseminatum palmaris et plantaris, keratoma dissipatum hereditarium palmare et plantare, keratodermia maculosa disseminata palmaris et plantaris, punctate keratoses of palms of hands and soles of feet, and keratoderma punctatum are but a few of the titles selected. No unanimity has as yet been attained in regard to terminology.

Numerous cases with keratosis of the palms and soles have been recorded in the literature. A certain number of these, because of their identical physical and histological manifestations as well as their clinical course, fall into a distinct group, namely, keratosis punctata. The first recorded case of this anomaly was probably that of Davies-Colley in 1879. Subsequent publications have been presented by Galloway,1 Sweitzer,2 Leiberthal,3 and Michael,4