Skin nontumor

Lichenoid and interface reaction patterns

Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

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Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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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
  • The differential diagnosis includes an atrophic form of mycosis fungoides and late dermatomyositis
  • 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

Differential diagnosis
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