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December 1981

Familial Occurrence of Confluent and Reticulated Papillomatosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, St Joseph Hospital, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (Dr Henning); and the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Utrecht, the Netherlands (Dr de Wit).

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(12):809-810. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650120055023

The primary papillomatoses were first described in 1927 by Gougerot and Carteaud.1 In 1932,2 they divided the diseases falling under this heading into the following three groups: (1) punctate, pigmented, verrucous papillomatosis, (2) confluent and reticulated papillomatosis, and (3) nummular and confluent papillomatosis.

Until 1963,3 only 39 patients with confluent and reticulated papillomatosis had been described. Subsequently, a few additional case reports were published.4,5 The familial occurrence of this type of papillomatosis was first noted by Baden.4 We report herein another case of familial occurrence involving a mother and her two children.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A 44-year-old woman (para 6) sought medical advice in September 1974 for cosmetic reasons. She had no complaints about her health otherwise, but, at the age of 12 years, a lightly pigmented eruption had appeared on the inner sides of her arms. For a few years the eruption

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