Dr. Cornbleet recently reported on five cases of transverse nasal stripe at puberty, occurring in girls.1 He noted that he had never seen a case in a boy.
Shortly after reading his article I examined a patient for a matter irrelevant to the present subject. The patient was a 16-year-old boy. One year prior to examination he first noticed a red streak across his nose. This had not changed since then. He stated that the color varied somewhat, becoming more pronounced upon exposure to heat and following increased sweating. There were no subjective complaints.
Examination showed a red transverse streak at the junction of the middle and lower thirds of the nose. It did not extend over the entire nose, leaving a small lateral margin of uninvolved nasal tissue. The area measured about 1 mm. in width, and was slightly depressed. In addition, the patient presented a mild acne