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Gowers' panatrophy

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A disturbance marked by development of clearly defined areas of atrophy of skin with disappearance of subcutaneous tissue, prevalent in women.

Description

A disturbance in which clearly defined areas of atrophy of skin with disappearance of subcutaneous tissue appear On the back, buttocks, thighs or arms, over a period of a few weeks without signs of inflammation. Prevalent in women, with onset in second to fourth decades Etiology unknown. To be differentiated from sclerotic panatrophy of scleroderma and forms of panniculitis.

Bibliography

  • W. Gowers:
    A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous system.
    Volume 1, London, J. &. A. Churchill, 1886.
    The first description of local panatrophy is on page 365.
  • S. Barnes:
    Report on Sir William Gowers’ case of local panatrophy.
    Transactions of the Clinical Society of London, 1902-1903, 36: 164-168. Gowers’ case of local panatrophy.
    British Journal of Dermatology, Oxford, 1939; 51: 377-380.

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