Lichen scrofulosorum – A Series of Eight CasesBeena K.R. · Ramesh V. · Mukherjee A.
aInstitute of Pathology and bSafdarjang Hospital, NewDelhi, India
Lichen scrofulosorum is a rare entity of children and young adults. The cutaneous lesions are typically symptomless papular eruptions, associated with a strong Mantoux reaction, tuberculosis of lymph nodes and/or other organs. Eight patients between the ages of 5 and 36 years were included in this series. Lesions were commonly seen on the trunk, though a case of involvement of the palms and soles was also observed. Pulmonary tuberculosis was seen in 5 adults; 1 patient each had pleural effusion, tuberculous adenitis and tuberculoma, respectively. Histopathological examination typically showed epithelioid cell granulomas around hair follicles. The histogenesis is unclear, a type IV hypersensitivity reaction provoked by chronic tubercular infection is probable. The patients responded well to antituberculous therapy.
Dr. Ashok Mukherjee
Institute of Pathology, PO Box No. 4909
Safdarjang Hospital Campus
New Delhi (India)
Tel. +91 6198402 406, Fax +91 6198401
Received: Received: July 9, 1999
Accepted: June 29, 2000
Number of Print Pages : 3
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 13
Dermatology (International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology)
Founded as ‘Dermatologische Zeitschrift’ by Oskar Lassar (1893–1907); Continued by Erich Hoffmann (1908–1938), continued as ‘Dermatologica’ (1939–1991), by Wilhelm Lutz (1939–1958), Rudolf Schuppli (1959–1985)
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Vol. 201, No. 3, Year 2000 (Cover Date: 2000)
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