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Case 1: Why haven't corticosteroids relieved these itchy spots?

Case 1: Why haven't corticosteroids relieved these itchy spots?

Case 1:


A 44-year-old man seeks evaluation of itchy spots of 2 years’ duration on both forearms near the elbow. The condition failed to respond to topical corticosteroids prescribed by other physicians. Skin biopsy results were inconclusive; they showed only mild inflammation.

What do you suspect?

A. Contact dermatitis.
B. Psoriasis.
C. Dermatitis herpetiformis.
D. Folliculitis.
E. Factitial dermatitis.

(Answer on next page.)

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