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June 1977

Acquired Zosteriform Cavernous Hemangiomas: Brief Clinical Observation

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(6):848-849. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640060144028

To the Editor.—  We were prompted to submit the following case report because of an extremely unusual distribution pattern of cavernous hemangiomas. We have been unable to find a similar example of such a patient in our search through the recent English literature. We would also like to suggest a potential hazard of the simple punch biopsy technique for deep dermal or subcutaneous nodules.

Report of a Case.—  A 62-year-old man was admitted to Michael Reese Medical Center, Chicago, for the evaluation of progressive arthralgias and arthritis. During this admission, a dermatological consultation was obtained for the evaluation of large, multiple, nodular lesions of his trunk. The nodules were first noted 30 years ago. The lesions had been completely asymptomatic and had not varied in color or size. He denied a family history of similar lesions. His medical history and review of systems were noncontributory.Physical examination revealed a well-developed

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