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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2013 June;15(2):67-70

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Shamberg’s purpura: a forgotten disease?

Miglino B. 1, Pertusi G. 1, Tiberio R. 1, Giani C. 1, Graziola F. 1, Rizzo G. 2, Colombo E. 1

1 Department of Dermatology, Ospedale Maggiore della Carità, “A. Avogadro” University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy;
2 Department of Infective Diseases, Ospedale Maggiore della Carità, Novara, Italy


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Shamberg disease is a pigmented dermatosis, also named progressive pigmentary dermatosis. It was initially described by Shamberg in 1901. It is characterized by diffuse, irregular macules of petechiae, composed of small, discrete red-brown macules named “cayenne-pepper” spots. The exact pathogenesis is still unknown. We report clinical, dermoscopic and histopathological findings of two new cases Shamberg disease and we highlight the importance of a proper diagnosis.

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