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Pityriasis rubra pilaris ("checkerboard sign")

Differential Diagnosis

Except for attributes of the cornified layer, this psoriasiform dermatitis could be confused with psoriasis.

Alternation of orthokeratosis and parakeratosis in both vertical and horizontal directions is decisive for pityriasis rubra pilaris.


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