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April 1961


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Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):665. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100129027

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To the Editor:—  The efforts of Pierini and Borda to find a cause of pseudopelade are appreciated. It would indeed be gratifying to get rid of the term and call it lichen planus alopecia. Unfortunately, the abundant literature consists of lichenoid eruptions, called by Degos "ill defined keratotic follicular." These eruptions are far from classic lichen planus of Wilson. The fact that classic Wilsonian lichen planus is practically nonexistent on the scalp is against its relationship to pseudopelade.As far as pseudopelade and Pasini-Pierini atrophoderma, it is a suggestion, a possibility, offered to stimulate further investigations.

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