Skin nontumor
Lichenoid and interface reaction patterns
Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

Topic Completed: 1 August 2011

Minor changes: 19 March 2020

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PubMed Search: Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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Cite this page: Hamodat M. Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare. website. Accessed June 1st, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Circumscribed violaceous erythema with associated telangiectasia, hypopigmentation and superficial atrophy
  • Occurs in posterior shoulders, back, buttocks, V shaped area of the anterior neck and chest
  • Often a late finding in dermatomyositis
  • Also the atrophic form of the patch stage of myocosis fungoides
  • Also called poikilodermatomyositis, large plaque parapsoriasis
Clinical features
  • Violaceous to deep red lesions
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Asmaa Gaber Abdou, M.D.

30 year old woman with erythematous patches mainly on the trunk and limbs

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