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Granulomatous Variant of Pigmented Purpuric Dermatosis

Tato, Berta Pérez MD*; Marinero Escobedo, Silvia MD*; Pérez González, Yosmar Carolina MD; Sánchez Albisua, Begoña MD*; Polimón Olabarrieta, Isabel MD*; Encabo Mayoral, Beatriz MD; López, Paloma Fernández MD*

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 7 - p 746–748
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e31823f616a
Brief Report

Abstract: Granulomatous pigmented purpuric dermatosis is a rare entity. Historically, it has been seen in Asians. In this article, we report the case of a white man with this unusual variant. A 65-year-old, white man presented with a 1-year history of asymptomatic purpuric to brown papules on both lower legs and more confluent on dorsum of feet. He had an underlying history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Skin biopsy revealed a granulomatous lympho-histocytary inflammatory infiltrate in papillary dermis and superficial reticular dermis with extravasation of red blood cells and siderophages. periodic acid schiff (PAS), Giemsa and Ziehl–Neelsen stains were negative. A diagnosis of granulomatous pigmented purpuric dermatosis was made. From the 10 cases reported of this granulomatous variant, 6 were associated with hyperlipidemia. We report an additional case with this association.

Departments of *Dermatology

Pathology, Hospital de Móstoles, Madrid, Spain.

Reprints: Berta Pérez Tato, MD, Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Móstoles, c/Júcar s/n. Móstoles 28935, Madrid, Spain (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.