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May 1957

Pityriasis Lichenoides et Varioliformis Acuta with a Lesion of the Tongue

Author Affiliations

McKeesport, Pa.

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(5):748-749. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550170116023

Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta is a generalized polymorphous skin eruption that usually runs an acute course in 6 to 12 weeks. Areas of predilection are the trunk and extremities. Occasionally lesions are present on the face, scalp, hands, and feet. Mucous membrane lesions have been reported in only three cases. Wise,1 in 1928, described a patient with a superficial ulceration of the mucous surface of the upper lip. Ingram,2 in 1953, recorded two patients; one with involvement of the glans penis, and one with involvement of the tongue and lip.

The following case is reported because of the rarity of the lesions of the tongue in this disease.

A 31-year-old white man was first seen Feb. 28, 1956, because of a generalized nonpruritic eruption of four weeks' duration. He was free from general symptoms and gave no history of previous eruption, ingestion of drugs,