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Thermie and friction therapy performed using a special instrument.
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PMID:  17584329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
"Thermie" therapy is one of the folk remedies in Japan and is mainly done by rubbing the skin with special instruments. The therapy is believed to relieve several symptoms which include pain, common cold and ileus. We report here the first two cases of thermie dermatosis in the English published work. The first patient had suffered from poikiloderma-like eruptions for 30 years after the initiation of a thermie therapy. The eruptions were on both the upper back and the abdomen. The second patient presented with a hyperpigmented plaque on the right femoral region, and excoriated papules and a hyperpigmented plaque on the left lower leg. The patient had received thermie therapy for 3 years. The histopathology of the first case revealed features of cutaneous amyloidosis, and, of the second case, superficial dermatitis and hypermelanosis in the epidermal basal layer. A common cause of both cases was regarded as the thermie therapy. This report suggests the importance of getting a thorough history including folk remedies in patients presenting such pigmented lesions.
Junya Iwasaki; Toshiyuki Aki; Yuichi Yoshida; Osamu Yamamoto; Shingo Tajima
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of dermatology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0385-2407     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-22     Completed Date:  2007-09-25     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600545     Medline TA:  J Dermatol     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  486-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, National Defense Medical College, Tottori University, Yonago, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Amyloidosis / etiology*,  pathology
Complementary Therapies / adverse effects*
Hyperpigmentation / etiology*,  pathology
Medicine, East Asian Traditional
Middle Aged
Pain / therapy
Skin / pathology
Skin Diseases / etiology*,  pathology

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