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Image Number 412 (Polymorphous light eruption)


Diagnosis: Polymorphous light eruption

Site: Chest

Sex: F

Age: 38

Type: Clinical

Description: Red papules and papulovesicles

Submitted by: Shahbaz Janjua

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Differential Diagnosis

History: Polymorphous light eruption(PMLE) is an abnormal, recurrent, delayed reactions to sunlight, ranging from erythematous papules, papulovesicles, and plaques to erythema multiforme like lesions on sunlight-exposed surfaces.  Only one clinical form is consistently manifested in any one patient, but combined morphologies may also result..  PMLE affects females 2-3 times more often than males.  The eruption typically occurs in spring typically at the onset of a vacation in a sunny place or at a high altitude and disappears without scarring by the time the patient returns home. 

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