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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
Medknow Publications on behalf of The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL)
ISSN: 0378-6323
EISSN: 0378-6323
Vol. 75, No. 4, 2009, pp. 398-400
Bioline Code: dv09126
Full paper language: English
Document type: Letter to the Editor
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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Vol. 75, No. 4, 2009, pp. 398-400

 en Three cases of Dowling Degos disease in two families
Bhagwat, PV; Tophakhane, RS; Shashikumar, BM; Noronha, Tonita M & Naidu, Varna


Dowling Degos disease is a rare condition inherited as autosomal dominant trait characterized by numerous, asymptomatic, symmetrical, progressive, small, round-pigmented macules over axillae and groins, face, neck, arms and trunk, scattered comedo-like lesions (dark dot follicles) and pitted acneiform scars. Histopathology is diagnostic. We are hereby reporting three cases of Dowling Degos disease belonging to two families. Our first and second case belonged to the same family, whereas our third case belonged to different family. In our series, all the patients had onset after puberty. All three cases had reticulate pigmentation over face and/or flexures, black comedones and follicular pits. On histopathological examination of the skin biopsy taken from the lesion over the back, all these patients showed classical histopathological features of Dowling Degos disease. We feel that one should investigate the patient presenting with reticulate pigmentation over the face and flexures with blackish comedone-like lesions, because histopathological features of this condition are unmistakable.

Dowling Degos disease, Reticulate pigmentation, Pigmented comedones

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