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January 1978

Progressive Cribriform and Zosteriform Hyperpigmentation

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Dermatology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. Dr Rower is now in private practice in Findlay, Ohio.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(1):98-99. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640130062018

• Five cases of progressive cribriform and zosteriform hyperpigmentation are described. The following criteria were fulfilled: (1) uniformly tan cribriform macular pigmentation in a zosteriform distribution; (2) a histologic pattern that consisted of a mild increase in melanin pigment in the basal cell layer and complete absence of nevus cells; (3) no history of rash, injury, or inflammation to suggest postinflammatory hyperpigmentation; (4) onset well after birth with gradual extension; and (5) lack of other associated cutaneous or internal abnormalities.

This appears to be a newly described entity, although it resembles a Becker's nevus without hypertrichosis or an atypical café au lait spot. We believe that such progressive cribriform and zosteriform pigmentation is not uncommon.

(Arch Dermatol 114:98-99, 1978)