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September 1992

Figurate Erythema, Photosensitivity, and Conjunctival Irritation of Recent Onset

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo (Italy)

Arch Dermatol. 1992;128(9):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/archderm.1992.01680190123018

REPORT OF A CASE  A 64-year-old woman was referred to our department in August 1988 because of a photosensitive figurate erythema on the upper aspect of her trunk of 2 months' duration. The year before, the patient had reported a similar eruption lasting a few weeks and disappearing after a short course of topical corticosteroid therapy. The patient had been hypertensive since the age of 45 years and had been taking indapamide and penbutolol for 2 years. Her medical history was otherwise negative. On physical examination, the lesions were found to be small, confluent, edematous erythematous papules and annular rings with an area of central grayish hypopigmentation. Slight surface scale and telangiectasias were also observed (Figs 1 and 2). Lesions involved the neck, the shoulders, the upper aspect of the back, the extensor aspect of the arms, and the dorsal aspect of the hands. They were painless and nonpruritic. On