To the Editor.—
I wish to correct a misunderstanding introduced by the phrase, "lymphomatoid papulosis, or as he has named it, `Rhythmic Paradoxical Eruptions,'" which refers to my use of nomenclature and appears in the first paragraph of Drs Thomsen and Schmidt's letter to the editor (Archives 113:232-233, 1977). The term "lymphomatoid papulosis" is not exactly synonymous with the term "rhythmic paradoxical eruption." Rather, lymphomatoid papulosis is one band in the spectrum of the rhythmic paradoxical eruptions.In collecting data on lymphomatoid papulosis, it became apparent to me that there are a number of conditions, as yet unnamed and unclassified, that fit the description of "a continuing, self-healing eruption, clinically benign—histologically malignant."1 Although they have many features in common, such as lesions coming and going for protracted periods of time, and they follow an ahistopathologic course while having histopathologic characteristics of a malignant lymphoma, these conditions differ in certain clinical
Macaulay WL, Fargo. Lymphomatoid Papulosis. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1617. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110137051
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