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December 1958

Alopecia Mucinosa: Report of a Case with a Grouped Papular Eruption and Alopecia of the Scalp

Author Affiliations

Royal Oak, Mich.

From the Department of Dermatology, Wayne State University College of Medicine, and Receiving Hospital of City of Detroit, Detroit (Hermann Pinkus, M.D., Acting Chairman).

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(6):715-722. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560120035006

The following case report is felt worthy of presentation as a hitherto undescribed clinical form of alopecia mucinosa consisting of a grouped papular eruption in addition to areas of alopecia. In his original description of this disease, Pinkus1 reported six cases in which the clinical picture consisted primarily of inflammatory plaques and areas of alopecia. In Lund's case in this group, an accentuation of hair follicles within the area of alopecia was noted. In the case described much earlier by Lehner and Szodoray2 as "inflammatory follicular edema," keratotic plugs were present in follicles with the inflammatory plaques. Braun-Falco3 reported two cases of this condition which he has called primary or idiopathic ``mucophanerosis intrafollicularis et seboglandularis'' presenting inflammatory plaques, and a case of mycosis fungoides and one of eosinophilic reticulosis showing similar pathologic changes.

Grouped small papules as seen in this case

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