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Dermatol Online J. 2007 Jul 13;13(3):23.

Linear and whorled nevoid hypermelanosis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Gaziosmanpasa University School of Medicine, Tokat, Turkey.


Linear and whorled nevoid hypermelanosis (LWNH) is a rare skin condition characterized by swirls and whorls of hyperpigmented macules in a reticulate pattern along Blaschko's lines; approximately 40 cases have been reported in the English language literature. We report a case of LWNH occurring in a 20-year-old man with widespread involvement over the trunk, face, upper limbs, and genitalia in association with scoliosis. A small hyperpigmented area on the abdomen was treated with a medium-depth chemical peel regimen using 70 percent glycolic acid and 35 percent trichloroacetic acid with no benefit. This is the first report of LWNH treated with medium-depth chemical peel.

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