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February 1986

New Lesions of Mycosis Fungoides Following a Suction Blister Investigation

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology; Department of Pathology University of Aarhus 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(2):134-135. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660140018006

To the Editor.—  The suction blister technique was introduced by Kiistala1 and is used to obtain pure epidermal tissue or extracellular fluid from the skin. We herein describe an unexpected complication following a suction blister investigation in a patient with mycosis fungoides.

Report of a Case.—  A 59-year-old man had 11/2 years previously developed an itching, papulous eruption on the left side of the back. It developed into an irregular, ulcerating tumor, which measured 13 × 16 cm with a depth of approximately 4 cm on admission (Fig 1). He had an eruption of 3- to 5-mm small macules and papules in an area below his left axilla. There was a slight increase in the size of the lymph nodes in the left axilla. His general condition was good.Several biopsy specimens from his large skin tumor confirmed a diagnosis of mycosis fungoides. A biopsy specimen from a papule