Dermatomyositis and flagellate erythema

Clin Exp Dermatol. 1996 Nov;21(6):440-1. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.1996.tb00151.x.


Flagellate erythema, described by Moulin in 1970 as reminiscent of the lesions produced by flogging and by other authors as zebra-like lesions, was noted first in association with bleomycin treatment, but later occasionally reported in relationship with dermatomyositis, mostly from Japan. It is characterized by linear, erythematous, cutaneous streaks, pruriginous or painful, arising on an oedematous background and disappearing spontaneously over several weeks. So far, fewer than five cases have been reported in association with dermatomyositis, but we now present a further one.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Back
  • Dermatomyositis / complications*
  • Dermatomyositis / pathology
  • Erythema / etiology*
  • Erythema / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged