poikiloderma of Civatte

poi·ki·lo·der·ma of Ci·vat·te

reticulated pigmentation and telangiectasia of the sides of the cheeks and neck; common in middle-aged women.
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poikiloderma of Civatte

Reticulated pigmentation and telangiectasia of the sides of the face and neck; seen quite commonly in middle-aged women.
Synonym: Berkshire neck.
See also: poikiloderma
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Achille, French dermatologist, 1877-1956.
Civatte bodies - eosinophilic hyaline spherical bodies seen in or just beneath the epidermis, particularly in lichen planus, formed by necrosis of individual basal cells. Synonym(s): colloid bodies
Civatte disease - Synonym(s): poikiloderma of Civatte
poikiloderma of Civatte - reticulated pigmentation and telangiectasia of the sides of the cheeks and neck; common in middle-aged women. Synonym(s): Civatte disease
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The differential diagnosis of melasma should be made with post-inflammatory pigmentation, pigmented cosmetic dermatitis, hyperthyroidism, actinic lichen planus, HIV-associated pigmentation, drug-induced facial pigmentation, and poikiloderma of Civatte. The histories (for post-inflammatory pigmentation, cosmetic dermatitis, and drug-induced pigmentation), clinical findings (for cosmetic dermatitis, actinic lichen planus, drug-induced pigmentation, and poikiloderma of Civatte), laboratory tests (for thyroid function tests, HIV serology, hyperthyroidism, and HIV-associated pigmentation), patch tests (for cosmetic dermatitis), and histopathology are useful for diagnosis (2).
A This sounds like it may be a condition called "poikiloderma of Civatte," a term used to describe a change in the color and/or texture of the skin due to sun-related aging.
Physic hyperpigmentations: due to cumulative effect, solar radiation exposure causes senile lentigo, actinic keratosis or photosensitivity caused by perfumes and cosmetic compounds (Riehl's melanosis, poikiloderma of Civatte) or furocoumarins from certain plants (phytophotodermatitis).
Hyperpigmentation, as in Berloque dermatitis, Riehl's melanosis, poikiloderma of Civatte, and erythrosis pigmentata faciei of Brocq, has been attributed to bergamot oil in eau-de-Cologne or from tars in cosmetics.
(22) Differential Diagnoses (29): Acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules, Argyria, Addison's disease, Atopic dermatitis, Berloque dermatitis, Chronic actinic dermatitis, Chrysiasis, Contact dermatitis, Cutaneous lupus erythematosus, Drug-induced hyperpigmentation, Erythema dyschromicumperstans, Erythromelanosisfollicularisfaciei et colli, Exogenous ochronosis, Facial erythema abigne, Lentigo, Lichen planus, actinic type, Mastocytosis, Minocycline pigmentation, Photosensitivity reactions, Polymorphous light eruption, Poikiloderma of Civatte, Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, Riehl'smelanosis, Skin infections
Further, poikiloderma of Civatte [14] is a different condition again.
Berson, the problem sounds like Poikiloderma of Civatte, a condition that usually affects the skin on the sides of the neck and is related to accumulated sun exposure over the years.