By Gary M. White, MD
White lentiginosis (WL) is an acquired, benign disorder of healthy individuals in which multiple white macules develop over time.
- It occurs most frequently in dark-colored individuals of phototype IV–V, with a typical distribution on the trunk, décolleté, neck, hands and extensor surface of the upper arms.
- In the few case reports, it affects almost exclusively the females of a family suggesting an autosomal dominant or X-linked inheritance.
- Histopathology shows lentiginous epidermal hyperplasia with hypopigmentation.
Typical is acquired guttate white macules on the trunk and upper arms which gradually increases in number over time.
No effective treatment is known.
Br J Dermatol 2017;177;535.
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