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April 1962


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8 E. Madison St. Baltimore 2

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(4):542. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590040106023

To the Editor:  I read with much interest the article by Jules Altman and Harold O. Perry in the August Archives of Dermatology (84:179-191 [Aug.] 1961) on "The Variations and Course of Lichen Planus."Perhaps in Case 2, now with the local use of injectable types of cortisone one could have healed the lesions without resorting to surgery.In regard to the term pseudopelade, I agree with Ronchese's interpretation (Arch. Derm. 82:336-341 [Sept.] 1960). Clinically this shows "footprint in the snow" type of clinical picture with atrophy, without any other changes.I doubt very much if the so-called follicular lichen planus need be follicular any more than keratosis follicularis is always follicular. As far as the lesions being follicular, under Figure 3(c), p. 189, the authors state: "Spinous lesions on forearm show typical histologic changes of lichen planus involving both follicular and nonfollicular regions."Although the authors state that

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