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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2019 Jan-Mar;12(1):68-70. doi: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_155_18.

Lymphatic Obstruction as a Rare Complication of Morphea and Response to Intralesional Steroid.

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Department of Dermatology and Venereology and Leprosy, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.


Morphea is a rare sclerosing disorder of the skin. Linear morphea is commonly seen in children and can affect head, neck, trunk, or limbs. It may extend to involve deeper structures such as muscles, bones, and joints. Involvement of lymphatics or the vasculature is very rare. We report a case of a 20-year-old woman presenting with linear morphea involving the nape of the neck and scalp. The lesion gradually developed two linear thick cord-like structures within the lesion of morphea because of secondary lymphatic obstruction causing restriction of neck movements. The patient was given intralesional steroid that led to softening of the skin lesions including that of cords, resulting in improvement of neck movements.


Fibrosing disorder; intralesional steroid; lymphatic obstruction; morphea; scleroderma; steroids

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