Pseudoatrophoderma Colli

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Pseudoatrophoderma colli is an unusual persistent dermatosis characterized by the presence of pigmented macules and plaques with a wrinkled atrophic appearance, involving the neck and the upper part of the trunk. [1]

Becker and Muir [2] reported the first case of pseudoatrophoderma colli in 1934. Since then, only single cases of this condition have been described; however, pseudoatrophoderma colli is likely more common than has been reported. [3, 4]

The nature of the disease remains uncertain. Some authors suggest that vitamin A deficiency may be a contributing factor to the cause of this condition. In the past, pseudoatrophoderma colli was considered a subvariety or a transitional form of confluent and reticulate papillomatosis of Gougerot and Carteaud, [5, 6] or a variant of parapsoriasis. Reports of familial cases of pseudoatrophoderma colli support the theory that it is an autosomal dominant dermatosis and a single disease entity. [7, 8]

The cause of the condition is unknown.

Vitamin A deficiency has been believed to be a possible factor contributing to the cause of pseudoatrophoderma colli.

Some authors previously regarded it as a form of parapsoriasis or an epidermal nevus.

Pseudoatrophoderma colli was also considered a variant of papillomatosis of Gougerot and Carteaud.

Pseudoatrophoderma colli is rare, with only 10-20 cases reported.

No clear racial predilection is described.

All patients described in the literature, except one, [9] are females.

The reported cases of pseudoatrophoderma colli are in patients aged 14-45 years.

Pseudoatrophoderma colli is a benign disease with no associated mortality or morbidity. The disease tends to spread gradually with partial regression and intervals, persisting for years or decades. Spontaneous clearing was reported in one patient.

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Becker SW, Muir KB. Pseudo-atrophoderma colli: A hitherto undescribed condition. Arch Dermatol Syphilol. 1934. 29:53-6.

Ayres S Jr, Ayres S 3rd. Pseudoatrophoderma colli. Arch Dermatol. 1955. 71:763-4.

Obermayer ME, Becker SW. Pseudoatrophoderma colli. Arch Dermatol. 1955. 72:281-2.

Palomeque FE, Hairston MA Jr. Confluent and reticulated papillomatosis of Gougerot and Carteaud. Arch Dermatol. 1965 Jul. 92(1):49-51. [Medline].

Abbud Neto S, di Stasi LL, Pires MC, Coletta EN. [Pseudo-atrophoderma colli and Gougerot-Carteaud confluent reticulated papillomatosis (shining atrophy)]. Med Cutan Ibero Lat Am. 1987. 15 (6):477-80. [Medline].

Frost K, Epstein E. Pseudoatrophoderma colli in sisters. Arch Dermatol Syphilol. 1939. 40:755-61.

Kauh YC, Knepp ME, Luscombe HA. Pseudoatrophoderma colli. A familial case. Arch Dermatol. 1980 Oct. 116(10):1181-2. [Medline].

Kanan MW, Kandil E. Pseudoatrophoderma colli in a male. Br J Dermatol. 1969 Jan. 81(1):65-8. [Medline].

Anna Choczaj-Kukula, MD, PhD Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Free London NHS Trust, UK

Anna Choczaj-Kukula, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: British Association of Dermatologists, American Academy of Dermatology, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Royal Society of Medicine

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Camila K Janniger, MD Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Camila K Janniger, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

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Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

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David F Butler, MD Professor of Dermatology, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Chair, Department of Dermatology, Director, Dermatology Residency Training Program, Scott and White Clinic

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Glen H Crawford, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Chief, Division of Dermatology, The Pennsylvania Hospital

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Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH Professor and Head, Dermatology, Professor of Pathology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

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Albert C Yan, MD Section Chief, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Dermatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania

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