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Civatte's syndrome

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Poikiloderma of the face, neck, and upper chest affecting most often sun-exposed areas in middle-aged women, characterized by an irregular reticulated network of symmetrical patches of pigmented and atrophic lesions which are reddish brown and covered by small scales. It is believed to be associated with some type of photosensitivity mechanism.

The condition is considered to be identical with Riehl's melanosis, named for the Austrian dermatologist Gustav Riehl, 1855-1943. Riehl's melanosis will be entered later.


  • A. Civatte:
    Poikilodermie réticulée pigmentaire du visage et du cou.
    Annales de dermatologie et de syphilographie, Paris, 1923, 4: 605-620.

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