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October 1961

Psoriasis of the Lips: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, The Mount Sinai Hospital (Dr. S. M. Peck, Director), Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(4):669-671. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580160133028

There are few reports in the literature of psoriasis involving the lips and mucous membranes and not all of these have been proved by biopsy. It is our purpose to describe a case of generalized psoriasis with involvement of the lips.

Case Report  A 32-year-old Puerto Rican female* was first seen in November, 1960, at the Dermatology clinic of the Mount Sinai Hospital complaining of a generalized psoriasis of 6 years' duration for which she had received various medications. She further stated that there was scaling of the lips for the past 3 years. This had improved concomitantly with improvement of her psoriasis and had become more pronounced with exacerbations.Physical examination revealed an eruption involving the arms, legs, chest, abdomen, back, ears, and scalp. The lesions were various-sized, round to oval erythematosquamous plaques covered with fine scales.A striking feature was the presence of lesions on the lips. The