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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 54, n° 6
pages 1091-1095 (juin 2006)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2006.01.025

Annually recurring erythema annulare centrifugum: A distinct entity?

M. Pilar García Muret, MD a, , Ramon M. Pujol, MD b, Anna M. Gimenez-Arnau, MD b, Carles Barranco, MD c, Fernando Gallardo, MD b, Agustí Alomar, MD a
a From the Department of Dermatology 
b Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Departments of Dermatology 
c Pathology, Hospital del Mar, IMAS 

Reprint requests: M. Pilar García Muret, MD, Department of Dermatology, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Avda Sant Antoni M Claret 128, 08025 Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona, Spain


Four patients presenting a peculiar clinical variant of erythema annulare centrifugum are reported. The lesions were clinically and histopathologically indistinguishable from classic superficial erythema annulare centrifugum but constant annual and seasonal recurrences for many years or decades were observed. No clear precipitating factor could be identified. No associated symptoms were present and the eruption regressed spontaneously after a variable period of days to months. Annually recurring erythema annulare centrifugum seems to represent a rare distinct clinical entity that has received little attention in literature. Clinicopathologic features of this peculiar clinical disorder and the differential diagnosis with other recurrent seasonal eruptions are reviewed.

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Abbreviations used : AR, EAC, LDH

 Funding sources: None.
Conflicts of interest: None identified.

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