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May 1962


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Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(5):646. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590050076018

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To the Editor:  I would like to answer Dr. L. J. A. Loewenthal's letter which appeared in the December, 1961, issue of Archives of Dermatology. Dr. Loewenthal remarks that the eruption we described in our article, "Transitory Pigmented Purpuric Eruption of the Lower Extremities," seems to be the same disorder he had previously described as itching purpura. In all probability, the disorders are indeed the same and, furthermore, are simply a variant of the group of pigmented purpuric eruptions including angioma serpiginosum, purpura annularis telangiectodes, peculiar progressive pigmentary disease, and pigmented purpuric lichenoid dermatitis.Even though these disorders are variants of a single pathologic process, it may be wise to continue to keep them separate in our thinking, since the prognosis is variable. We did not mean to suggest the title of the article for the name of the disorder. We presented our material because the condition has been singularly

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