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Terra firma forme dermatosis.

Authors
  • Raveh, T
  • Gilead, L T
  • Wexler, M R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of plastic surgery
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1997
Volume
39
Issue
5
Pages
542–545
Identifiers
PMID: 9374153
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

New pigmented lesions with alarming properties should trigger the responsible physician to perform diagnostic procedures including biopsies, blood tests, and endocrinological evaluations. A unique pigmented dermatosis of unknown etiology, known as terra firma forme dermatosis, creates a cosmetic disturbance that might mislead experienced physicians and trigger unnecessary and expensive workups when all that is needed is a firm rubbing with 70% alcohol-impregnated applicators. We present a 17-year-old girl with such a lesion and discuss the diagnostic possibilities.

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