Under the title "Sclerose atrophique de la peau et myosite généralisée," Petges and Clégat1 in 1906 described a case of myositis with cutaneous atrophy and poikiloderma similar to that described, about the same time, by Jacobi.2 In 1930 G. Petges and A. Petges3 reviewed the subject and reported 2 additional cases under the title "Poikilodermatomyosite."
Dermatomyositis, so named by Unverricht,4 follows a course similar to the foregoing condition but lacks the poikiloderma. Numerous reports of dermatomyositis appear in the literature, and poikilodermatomyositis is discussed at length on several occasions, but actual case reports are rare. The parallelism of the condition in the case to be reported to dermatomyositis, except with reference to the superficial cutaneous changes, leads us to the belief that poikiloderma results from an unusually severe process and that dermatomyositis and poikilodermatomyositis are variants of the same process.
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