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January 1962

Dermatitis Solaris in Children: A Herald Manifestation of Xeroderma Pigmentosum

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From the Department of Dermatology, Municipal Hospital, Hadassah.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(1):41-43. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590010047006

We have recently had the opportunity of studying in a group of young children a form of solar dermatitis which looked very much like polymorphous light eruption. However, further observation indicated that we were probably dealing with an initial, mild type of xeroderma pigmentosum.

Report of a Case  A 2-year-old boy was admitted in December, 1956, to the Childrens Department because of a facial condition which had been present for 1½ years with remissions and exacerbations. The parents, who immigrated from Iraq, were cousins. They and 4 siblings of the patient were free from the disease. The face of the affected boy always became inflamed after brief exposure to the sun.Physical examination revealed a normally developed and well-nourished boy. The liver and spleen were slightly enlarged. The nose, adjacent parts of the cheeks, and both ear lobes were

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