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November 1971

Lichen Nitidus of the Palms and Soles

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology, Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals: Detroit General Hospital, and Veterans Administration Hospital, Allen Park, Mich. Dr. Weiss is a postdoctoral trainee supported by Public Health Service Research grant T1-AM-5267.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;104(5):538-540. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000230080014

Lichen nitidus which involved the palms and soles occurred in two patients. To our knowledge, only eight cases of this disease with this distribution have been reported previously, and no detailed histologically documented cases were found in the American literature. The presence of a deep parakeratotic plug in the center of the palmar lesions of both our patients appears to be a distinguishing feature from palmar lesions of lichen planus, and emphasizes the significance of the parakeratotic center usually found in lichen nitidus papules in other body areas.

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