Diseases of Skin including exanthemata by Fredrick Dearborn

133. DIFFUSE IDIOPATHIC ATROPHY [Diffuse Idiopathic Atrophy]

DIFFUSE IDIOPATHIC ATROPHY [Diffuse Idiopathic Atrophy]

 

(Atrophia maculosa cutis; General idiopathic atrophy)

This extremely rare condition presents atrophic thinning, wrinkling and dryness, more or less branny scaling, hair loss and complete absence of the sweat. In appearance it is white, streaky or patchy with purplish or reddish- brown discoloration interspersed. The lower extremities, particularly the region of the knees, are the common starting point but the surface involved varies from one or two limbs to practically the entire body.

Etiology and Pathology. – The causes are not known. This form of atrophy usually appears in advancing adult age although it may rarely be congenital.

Prognosis and Treatment. – Chances for recovery are not good for the disease is slowly progressive but fortunately the general health is not affected, except in the generalized cases. Treatment is much the same at for senile atrophy, with accent on tonic measures and oily applications to relieve the dryness and harshness.

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