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April 1971

Mucha-Habermann Disease Mistaken for Reticulum Cell Sarcoma

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

From the Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (Dr. Muller), and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (University of Minnesota) (Dr. Schulze), Rochester, Minn.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(4):423-427. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000160073011

The condition of a 68-year-old woman with Mucha-Habermann disease had been erroneously diagnosed as reticulum cell sarcoma on the basis of skin biopsies. Results of touch imprint smears of skin biopsies were helpful in establishing the benignity of the disorder. Vascular inflammation that resembled allergic vasculitis was seen in the mid-dermis, as were the more characteristic findings of superficial lymphocytic vasculitis and epidermal changes usually described in Mucha-Habermann disease.

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