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March 1986

Excited Skin Syndrome (Angry Back)

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology, Free University, Academic Hospital, Amsterdam (Dr Bruynzeel), and the University of California, San Francisco (Dr Maibach).

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(3):323-328. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660150101025

• The excited skin syndrome, a state of skin hyperirritability often induced by a concomitant dermatitis, is responsible for numerous nonreproducible test results in battery patch testing. We analyzed the mechanisms and circumstances involved in its induction, as well as its clinical importance and frequency. Finally, we provide suggestions about how to deal with patients suspected of having the syndrome.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:323-328)