Clinical cases

Actinic reticuloid is a rare, persistent, sometimes debilitating dermatosis of the sun exposed skin areas, which usually affects persons with chronic sun exposure. The particular feature of this pathology derives from the similarity with cutaneous lymphoma both clinically and histologically, yet presenting a small risk of malignant transformation [1]. Clinically, the eruption of chronic actinic dermatitis is pruritic, confluent, or in separated plaques, mainly in sun exposed areas, affecting normal skin, in patients with a history of dermatitis or rarely after chronic consumption of photosensitizing drugs.

We report a case of actinic reticuloid, the severe form of chronic actinic dermatitis, in a 49-year-old female patient with a history of moderate sun exposure. The diagnosis was supported by the clinical aspect and subsequently confirmed by the histopathological aspect.