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Molluscum Contagiosum: Water Warts…

Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is caused by four closely related poxvirus types, referred to as MCV-1 through MCV-4.  It is a worldwide infection that occurs mostly in children.  They have also been referred to as Water Warts.  There are two other classifications, 1) sexually transmitted form and 2) immunocompromised patients, most commonly HIV patients.  In children… Read more »

Elephantiasis Verrucosa Nostra: Mossy foot…

In 1933, Sir Aldo Castellani presented a paper suggesting using the term Elephantiasis Verrucosa Nostra (EVN) to indicate nonfiliarial forms of elephantiasis.  He suggested that the term should be used in a “very relaxed way” to denote all kinds of conditions of different etiology including elephantoid conditions due to climatic bubo, syphilis, tuberculosis and tumors. … Read more »

Eccrine Hidrocystomas: Dilated Sweat Duct or Gland…

Hidrocystomas are rare, benign, watery or fluid filled cystic proliferations of the skin.  There are Apocrine and Eccrine sources of Hidrocystomas (EH).  Apocrine Hidrocystomas are cysts that often have multiple locations and demonstrate Apocrine differentiation on histology.  EH are more likely to be unilocular and are comprised of dilated sweat glands or ducts rather than… Read more »

Terminal Cascade: Second Novel by Dr. Curt Samlaska, MD, FACP, FAAD

  I left the United States Army Medical Corps (after fourteen years) in 1996, but not before an attachment to the Combat Casualty Research Center (CCRC) to establish telemedicine in Bosnia, as part of Operation Joint Endeavor.  I love the military, and to be involved with such a magnificent worldwide organization was very stimulating.  I… Read more »

Granuloma Annulare: Palisaded Granulomatous Dermatoses…

Granuloma Annulare (GA) is a common idiopathic disorder of the dermis and subcutaneous tissues.  Some authors refer to it as Palisaded Granulomatous Dermatoses to encompass the many variants which include localized (most common), generalized, patch-type or macular, subcutaneous and perforating granuloma annulare.  It may occur in all races and at any age but affects women… Read more »

Lichen Sclerosus: Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus, Kraurosis Vulvae, Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans…

Lichen Sclerosis (LS), also known as Lichen Sclerosis et Atrophicus, is a common chronic skin disorder that most often affects the genital and perianal areas.  Genital involvement is referred to as Kraurosis Vulvae in women and Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans in men.  LS can present present in childhood to old age.  Although it occurs in all… Read more »

Miliaria Crystallina: Sudamina…

Miliaria Crystallina is also known as Sudamina.  Miliaria is a common skin disease caused by blockage and/or inflammation of eccrine sweat ducts.  Miliaria Crystallina more specifically is due to obstruction of the sweat ducts close to the surface of the skin in the stratum corneum of the epidermis.  The lesions are characterized by small, clear,… Read more »

Lichen Nitidus: The Ball and Claw…

Lichen Nitidus was first described by Pinkus in 1901.  It is an uncommon, chronic, papulosquamous eruption characterized by multiple, 1-2 mm, flesh-colored, shiny, dome-shaped papules.  Children and young adults are primarily affected.  Pruritus is usually minimal or absent but may be more prominent in more generalized cases.  Linear arrays of papules referred to as Koebner… Read more »

Lichen Planus: Tree moss on a flat and even surface…

Lichen Planus was first reported in 1869 by Erasmus Wilson.  The origin of the word Lichen is believed to be from the Greek word “Leichen”, which means tree moss and the Latin word “Planus” which means flat and even surface.  In 1895 Wickham further explained the characteristics of the lesions, now known as Wickham striae. … Read more »