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April 1995

Self-healing Juvenile Cutaneous Mucinosis

Author Affiliations

From the Institute of Dermatologic Sciences, University of Milan, Ospedale Maggiore Institute of Research With Scientific Character, Milan, Italy.

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(4):459-461. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690160087014

Background:  Mucinoses represent a puzzling and heterogeneous group of rare diseases, and self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis is an extremely rare disease among them.

Observations:  A scleroedematous condition of the face, associated with papular lesions and arthropathies, had occurred in a 5-year-old boy 10 days after onset of fever, arthralgia, muscle tenderness, and weakness.

Results:  Histologic examination revealed an edema- tous dermis, occupied by mucin. Skin lesions and the joint swellings disappeared spontaneously after 2 months. At the follow-up 5 years later, the patient remains in excellent health.

Conclusion:  Although exceptional, this entity has a well-defined clinical picture, marked by manifestations that are initially worrisome but which, surprisingly, prove to be temporary and benign.(Arch Dermatol. 1995;131:459-461)

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