Actinic prurigo

    Article Contributors: 
    Sean Klepper M.D.
    Stephen Lyle, M.D., ...

    Clinical Features:

    • Familial photodermatosis of unknown etiology, most often affecting Native Americans
    • Most commonly presents on the face with coarsening of facial features
    • There is often an associated cheilitis, called follicular cheilitis or actinic prurigo cheilitis.

    Histologic Features:

    • Acute lesions (indistinguishable from polymorphous light eruption):
      • Spongiosis
      • Superficial dermal perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate
      • Dermal edema
    • Chronic lesions:
      • Hyperkeratosis
      • Acanthosis
      • Signs of photoadaptation
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  • Actinic prurigo
    Author: Stephen Lyle, M.D., Ph.D.

    Conference: Teaching Collection