Jessner's lymphocytic infiltrate

    Article Contributors: 
    Sean Klepper M.D.
    Artur Zembowicz M.D....

    Clinical Features:

    • Erythematous plaques, most commonly on the face or neck
    • Male predominance
    • Some consider it a form of lupus erythematosus or polymorphous light eruption.
    • Unpredictable course with regression and recurrences

    Histologic Features:

    • Dense superficial and deep perivascular infiltrate of small mature lymphocytes (predominantly T-cells)
    • The infiltrate sometimes extends around pilosebaceous units and sometimes into the subcutis.
    • Sometimes occasional admixed larger lymphocytes, plasma cells and plasmacytoid monocytes
    • A small amount of mucin is often present between the dermal collagen bundles.
    • Normal epidermis
    • The findings may be quite similar to those of lupus erythematosus, from which it is distinguished by negative immunofluorescence.

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  • Jessner's lymphocytic infiltrate
    Author: Artur Zembowicz M.D. Ph.D.

    Conference: DermatopathologyConsultations.com Teaching Collection