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April 1963


Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(4):521-523. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590160113024

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Psoriasis. Presented by Dr. Frank E. Cormia,

A generally healthy, well-nourished baby boy of 10 months, developed redness over the cheeks at age 5 months. Redness and scaling gradually extended over the face, scalp, buttocks, and extremities during the next 4 months. About 10 days ago, an acute shower of small papular lesions was noted over the trunk. In the past few days, confluence and scaling have supervened over the lateral aspects of the thorax. The condition was asymptomatic until the past 2 weeks, since which time moderate itching has been noted.

Treatment with soothing baths, oils, antihistamines, tar ointment and tar in bath, and steroid cream, have been without benefit. A weak sulfosalicylic acid cream has been helpful in the scalp.

The family history reveals that a maternal aunt has hay fever and asthma, and an uncle had uricaria. There is no history of psoriasis.

Laboratory Tests.—None performed.

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