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October 1961

Nodular Cutaneous Elastosis with Cysts and Comedones (Favre-Racouchot Syndrome): Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine, at the Boston City Hospital and the Boston Dispensary (Walter F. Lever, M.D., Director).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(4):666-668. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580160130027

Report of Case  A 54-year-old outdoor laborer was seen at the Boston City Hospital because of numerous seborrheic keratoses on his trunk. In addition, the skin of his face appeared yellowish-brown and atrophic, with wrinkles, furrows, comedones, and numerous small nodules. These lesions had been present for 6 years, most pronounced in the periorbital region. The nodules measured up to 4 mm. in diameter, and some of them showed several comedones on their surface (Fig. 1). The comedones consisted of a soft, creamy material, which was easily expressed. The skin of the posterior neck was furrowed and thrown into intersecting folds, characteristic of ``cutis rhomboidalis nuchae'' (Fig. 2).Histologic examination of a biopsy specimen from the right temporal region revealed thinning of the epidermis with flattening of the rete ridges. The dermis contained numerous cysts of varying size (Fig. 3). These cysts had a wall composed of several