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Two Cases of Lichen Striatus with Prolonged Active Phase

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  • Meghan A. Feely M.D.,

    1. Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
    2. St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
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  • Nanette B. Silverberg M.D.

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    1. Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
    2. St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
    • Address correspondence to Nanette B. Silverberg, M.D., Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 11D, New York, NY 10025, or e-mail: nsilverb@chpnet.org.

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Abstract

Lichen striatus is a localized, eczematous disorder distributed along the lines of Blaschko, primarily affecting children. In the literature, lesions have been described as having an active phase of inflamed lesions for 6 to 12 months followed by flattening and persistent pigmentary alteration. We describe two girls who had prolonged active-phase lesions for 2.5 and 3.5 years, respectively. Practitioners should be aware that lesions of lichen striatus may have a prolonged active phase.

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