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Poikiloderma atrophicans vasculare

Reviewer: Mowafak Hamodat, MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC, Eastern Health, St. Johns, Canada (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 1 August 2011, last major update August 2011
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● 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 description

● Violaceous to deep red lesions

Micro images

Contributed by Dr. Asmaa Gaber Abdou, Menofiya University, Egypt: 30 year old woman with erythematous patches mainly on the trunk and limbs

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