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September 1959

A View of Keratosis Follicularis (Darier's Disease) as a Neoplastic Process

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AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(3):332-338. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560210074013

For the past eight years we have had under our care a remarkable treatment-resistant progressive case of Darier's disease. We should like at this time to summarize certain findings in this patient. Despite the fact that many of these studies are largely of a negative type, they are presented in the hope that they will stimulate further research in this challenging and baffling disease.

Report of a Case

Case 1.—This patient, now 18 years old, was first seen as a boy of 10 years. A scaling pruritic plaque had first appeared on his scalp at the age of 9 years. This rapidly extended over the entire scalp and on to the forehead. At the time of his initial visit he presented the classic keratotic lesion of Darier's disease (Fig. 2). His mother likewise showed skin lesions typical of Darier's disease, and, by history, her sister had the

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