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Buzzwords in Dermatology Opening a Can of Worms

Rashi Minocha, MBBS1; Deshan F. Sebaratnam, MBBS2; James Young Joon Choi, MBBS, FRACP, FACD2
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1Department of Dermatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
2Department of Dermatology, Westmead Hospital Australia, New South Wales, Australia
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(8):871. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.0541.
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Like moths to a flame, the phylum Arthropoda has attracted the attention of dermatologists with several classical dermatological descriptions drawn from insects.

It is well known that the malar rash in acute lupus erythematosus resembles the morphologic appearance of a butterfly, with wings spanning across the cheeks, and is hence more commonly referred to as a “butterfly rash.”1 Bees have inspired a number of terms, such the characteristic transgradiens palmoplantar keratoderma of Vohwinkel syndrome, which is described as having the appearance of honeycomb, as well as the colloquial “hives” of urticarial pathologic abnormalities.2

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