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February 1962

Psoriasis, Lupus Erythematosus, and Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris: Occurrence in One Family

Author Affiliations


Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(2):229-231. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590020069008

We have been following an interesting family of 4, all of whom are afflicted with a skin disease. The father, a man of 33 years whose job is waterproofing basements, has discoid lupus erythematosus (Fig. 1). The mother, a 31-year-old telephone operator, has psoriasis (Fig. 2). Their first child, a boy born in 1951, has been alternatingly diagnosed as having psoriasis or pityriasis rubra pilaris (Figs. 3, 4, 5). The second child, a girl born in 1955, has typical psoriasis.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  Our first patient was the boy, now 10 years old, who had a history of a red, scaling dermatitis since the age of 6 months that improved during the winter and became worse in summer. When first seen on April 17, 1958, in the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center, the child was covered from head to toe with a dry, scaling dermatitis,

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