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November 1961

Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology (Dr. Fine and Dr. Derbes) and the Department of Pathology (Dr. Clark, Jr.) Tulane University School of Medicine and from the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(5):802-805. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580170096013

Because of the appearance and consistency of the lesions, Bean2 has given the name blue rubber bleb nevus to a variant of hemangioma probably first described by Gascoyen.6 Although a century has elapsed since the original article appeared, the disorder is still not well recognized. Thus far fewer than a dozen examples have been reported, only one of them in the dermatologic literature. We have thought it advisable to report the present case, not only because of its intrinsic interest, but also because it is yet another skin disorder which may be associated with systemic disease.

Whereas other types of hemangiomata are known to occur simultaneously in various organs, including the skin, this one has certain features which are more or less distinctive. It resembles phlebectasia in appearance, in consistency to the palpating finger, and in refilling after being compressed. In contrast to other angiomata the blue rubber

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