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March 1975

Hypochromic Nevus: The Inheritance Question

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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(3):394. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630150114016

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To the Editor.—  I am writing to correct a minor point in the Society Transactions, published in the Archives, of the March 31, 1973, meeting of the San Francisco Dermatological Society (109:416, 1974). In discussing a case of unilateral systematized hypochromic nevus, Dr. Cram mentioned that this condition shows an autosomal dominant inheritance. He cited my paper (Dermatologica 134:19, 1967) in support of this statement. I would like to draw to the attention of your readers that, in fact, my paper failed to find instances of a familial tendency. On the contrary, the condition appeared to be sporadic in almost all the cases I was able to find in the literature. The one exception to this, was a case described by Caro-Paton (Actas/Dermosifiliogr 41:717, 1950). This case resembled that presented at the San Francisco Dermatological meeting in that the lesions consisted of hypopigmented whorls in a unilateral distribution on the

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