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April 1955

TREATMENT FOR ULERYTHEMA OPHRYOGENES WITH HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT

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Johnstown, Pa.

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(4):450. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540280026004

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Abstract

Treatment for ulerythema ophryogenes has been unsatisfactory. Although local applications of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and the mercurials have been advocated, few, if any, cases respond. Recently, a patient was treated with hydrocortisone ointment with spectacular results.

REPORT OF A CASE

R. L., aged 10 years, presented herself to me on July 23, 1954, because of an eruption and alopecia of the eyebrow areas. The affection began shortly after birth and progressively increased in severity. On examination, erythema, horny follicular papules, small depressed scars, and partial alopecia were observed in the eyebrow areas. The few hairs present were thin, blond, and broken off close to the surface. Previous treatment consisted of various local applications, and ultraviolet therapy. The use of hydrocortisone ointment (2.5%) was initiated. Diminution of erythema was noted within three weeks. On Sept. 15, numerous lanugo hairs were visible. On Oct. 25, the hairs had become thicker, darker, and

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