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November 1962

Ecchymosis in Arthritis Patients on Prolonged Corticosteroids: A Histologic Study

Author Affiliations

Boyar-Kling Arthritis Clinic (Dr. Kling).

From the Dermatologic Service Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center, General Medical and Surgical Hospital and the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California Medical Center (Drs. Winer and Levin). Co-sponsored by Dermatologic Research Foundation of Calif. Inc.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(5):654-662. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590110090012

Ecchymosis during prolonged steroid therapy is most likely due to the fragmentation of elastic staining fibers, the elastotic degeneration of the collagen fibers, and their absence in the pericapillary spaces as a result of corticosteroids.

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