To the Editor: Local panatrophy, first described by Gower in 1903 and also called panatrophy of Gowers, is an exceptionally rare disorder characterized by asymptomatic atrophy of the overlying skin as well as partial or total loss of subcutaneous tissue, and may involve the underlying muscles and bones. Herein, we reported a case with such a condition associated with severe pain.
Based on the clinical and pathological alterations, we considered that the present case was a variant of local panatrophy associated with pain rather than a new entity.
Gowers' local panatrophy. Eur J Dermatol 1998;8:116-7.