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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 79  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--29

Reticulate pigmentary disorders

Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India

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Kabir Sardana
466 sector 28, NOIDA, UP
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.104665

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Reticulate pigmentary disorders is a term that is loosely defined to include a spectrum of acquired and congenital conditions with different morphologies. The presentations vary from the reticular or net like pattern to the" freckle like" hyper and hypopigmented macules that are usually restricted to the true genetic "reticulate" pigmentary disorders. There is little clarity on this topic and related terms, in major dermatology textbooks. Hence, to harmonize the different entities we feel that the term "mottled pigmentation" could be used to include reticulate pigmentary disorders (acquired and congenital), dyschromasias and the disorders with a reticular pattern. The genetic reticulate pigmentary disorders can also be classified according to the gene loci which in the majority of cases are localized to keratin 5/14. A more useful clinical method of classification is based on the regional distribution, which includes facial, truncal, acral or flexural types. In this review we will largely focus on the inherited reticulate pigmentary disorders.


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