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May 1961

Epilating Folliculitis of the Glabrous Skin: Report of a Case, Histopathologic and Nosologic Study

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Western Reserve University Medical School (R. B. Stoughton, M.D., Director). Supported by U.S. Public Health grant No. 1018-M.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(5):777-784. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580110065010

Involvement of the pilosebaceous apparatus leading to folliculitis is seen frequently in many dermatoses. Whereas there may be variation as to localization, clinical course, etiology, and pathogenesis, it is known that most of them readily respond to therapy without leaving permanent sequelae. However, a number of the more rarely observed follicular diseases during their extremely chronic course are characterized by permanent alopecia, scarring, and atrophy. They were first described by French observers more than 70 years ago as the following: pseudopelade (Brocq, 1885) ,1 folliculitis decalvans (Quiquaud, 1888),1 acné décalvante (Lailler, 1884),1 sycosis lupoides (Brocq, 1888),1 and epilating folliculitis of the glabrous skin (Arnozan,2 1892, and Dubreuilh,3 1894).

This disease has never been reported in the North American medical literature; on this account the observation and study of a case of epilating folliculitis of the glabrous skin seems worth recording.

Report of a Case  A