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April 1961


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Las Heras 1649 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):665. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100129026

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To the Editor:—  I shall be grateful if you would publish the following observations in regard to Dr. Ronchese's article, Pseudopelade, published in the September, 1960, issue of the Archives of Dermatology.The relationship between lichen planus and pseudopelade, affirmed by Borda and me on the basis of abundant literature, is not lacking in logic, and proof thereof is a matter of fairly frequent occurrence in dermatological practice. A similar conclusion had been arrived at by English dermatologists, both before and after Graham-Little.We have also found cicatricial lesions in the scalp, due to metastasis from epitheliomas, but these lesions are infinitely less numerous than those from pseudopelade. Moreover, the histological picture is entirely different.The manifestations of Pasini's atrophoderma are of an atrophic nature and not cicatricial. These lesions are bluish-tinted, and the underlying veins can be visualized through them. They have never been described in the scalp, and

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