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February 1973

Keratosis Lichenoides Chronica

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West Point, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(2):296-297. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620170098032

To the Editor.—  In the Archives, (105:738-743, 1972) Drs. Margolis, Cooper, and Johnson proposed the new term "keratosis lichenoides chronica" for an unusual previously unreported cutaneous eruption. Their case is remarkably similar to one presented by the New York University, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, at the New York Academy of Medicine, section of Dermatology in December of 1968. The case was presented by Drs. Arthur Hyman, Perry Michelides, and myself. The following case report is the protocol from our presentation to the Academy in 1968.

Report of a Case  A 52-year-old white man was said to have "lupus erythematosus" and "psoriasis" for more than twenty years. He came to the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital for examination in October 1968.The patient's skin disease appeared approximately twenty-five years ago and has remained essentially unchanged since its onset. He said that he had frequently scratched and rubbed the affected areas in order to reduce their unsightly appearance, but has not used topical or systemic medicines.

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