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Cutis. 1994 Aug;54(2):81-4.

Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans in the United States: clinical and histopathologic features of six cases.

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Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905.


Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans is a chronic cutaneous disease caused by the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans is endemic in some regions of Europe but is only rarely seen in the United States. This report describes the clinical and histopathologic findings in six cases of acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans seen at the Mayo Clinic between 1912 and 1961. Histologic differences between early and late phases of the disease were observed, and multisystemic symptoms consistent with chronic Lyme disease were documented in a subset of the patients. All five patients from whom biographical data were available were European immigrants. Our data suggest that some of the first patients with Lyme disease in the United States came to the Mayo Clinic earlier in this century.

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