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Post-zoster fibroelastolytic papulosis: an example of Wolf isotopic response


Wolf isotopic response describes the onset of a new dermatosis at the site of a previous, healed dermatosis, which is usually a herpes zoster infection. Fibroelastolytic papulosis is a poorly understood elastolytic condition defined by a loss of elastic fibers specific to the papillary dermis. The present report describes a case of fibroelastolytic papulosis with onset following herpes zoster infection. This association provides new evidence for an immunopathogenic origin for fibroelastolytic papulosis and further supports current theories of the pathogenesis of Wolf isotopic response.

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