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March 1966


Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(3):381-387. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600210117027

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Porphyria Cutanea Tarda. Presented by the Staff of Minneapolis Veterans Hospital.  The patient is a 72-year-old white man who developed areas of hypopigmentation on his face, scalp, and neck 2½ years ago. During the following few months, a scaling dermatitis developed over the scapular and presternal areas, and on the dorsa of the hands. In the summer of 1963 the patient began developing blisters on the exposed areas after sun exposure. A tendency to easy bruisability with purpura and blistering became apparent. Although his general health remained good, all the skin manifestations became worse in the spring of 1964. There is a history of poor diet and alcoholism for several years prior to the development of the skin eruption. He has never noted change in urine color or bowel habits. His left leg was amputated in World War I.When admitted to Minneapolis Veterans Hospital in April 1964, the patient

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