What are the histology findings in nummular dermatitis?

Updated: Nov 21, 2019
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Biopsy findings mirror the evolution of the lesion. In the early stages, a nonspecific infiltrate is present with spongiosis, vesicles, and a predominant lymphocytic infiltrate. Eosinophils may be observed in the papillary dermis. Chronic lesions demonstrate epidermal hyperplasia, hyperkeratosis, and a pronounced granular cell layer. The papillary dermis may be fibrotic, with a perivenular infiltrate of lymphocytes and monocytes.

Lymphocytes are predominately CD8+ in the epidermis and CD4+ in the dermis. Mast cell–derived interleukin 4 appears to be involved in activation of the T lymphocytes.

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