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July 1969


Author Affiliations

Emeritus Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), UCLA Medical Center

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology and Syphilology) University of Southern California

Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(1):119-120. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610250125036

To the Editor.—  Pseudoxanthoma elasticum was the diagnosis of a patient presented by Peter C. Lombardo, MD, before the March 5, 1968, meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, and reported in the March 1969 issue of the Archives of Dermatology (pp 370-372). The discussion was erudite and comprehensive except for therapy, which was summed up in a short paragraph: "There is no treatment. Steroids and vitamin E have been used with no real success. Plastic surgery offers a certain amount of help for cosmetic defects."We should like to take issue with this statement and refer to four published articles indicating a favorable response of pseudoxanthoma elasticum to the oral administration of vitamin E (Tocopherol).Stout1 presented a young woman before the Los Angeles Dermatological Society who had both skin lesions and disabling angioid streaks of the retina. After one year of

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