Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Lichenoid and interface reaction patterns
Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

Author: Mowafak Hamodat, M.D., MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 October 2018, last major update August 2011

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PubMed Search: Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

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Cite this page: Hamodat, M. Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare. website. Accessed March 22nd, 2019.
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

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Courtesy of Asmaa Gaber Abdou, M.D.: 30 year old woman with erythematous patches mainly on the trunk and limbs

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