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September 1965


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Arch Dermatol. 1965;92(3):346. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600150136032

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To the Editor  In the April 1965 Archives of Dermatology, in an article by Dr. Francesco Ronchese entitled, "Nail in Lichen Planus," the author makes a point of stating that textbooks "go from denial of the existence of an ungual lichen planus to not mentioning the nail at all while discussing the dermatosis."I would like to call attention to the fact that in my book, Manual of Skin Diseases, on page 194, is a photograph of lichen planus of the fingernail. It is my opinion that lichen planus of the nails has gone without due recognition in the past because the changes of the nail plate, as evidenced by the photograph in my book, do not show any of the characteristic clinical lesions of lichen planus as seen on the skin. The end result in the two cases that I have observed has been atrophy of the entire nail

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