Frictional Dermatosis in a Courier Driver


  • Uwe Wollina Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Academic Teaching Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Friedrichstr. 41, 01067 Dresden
  • Georgi Tchernev Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical Institute of Ministry of Interior, and Onkoderma Policlinic for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Sofia
  • Torello Lotti Centro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare e Rigenerativa, Universitá Degli Studi "G. Marconi", Rome



Occupational medicine, Frictional hypermelanosis, Differential diagnosis, Histopathology, Driver's seat, Pigmentary disorders


Frictional hypermelanosis is an uncommon finding in Caucasians. We report the unusual case of 56-year-old male courier driver who developed linear and patchy hypermelanosis of the back caused by the driver's seat. Histology has included other pathologies. Treatment of the asymptomatic hyper pigmentation was not warranted.


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Wollina U, Tchernev G, Lotti T. Frictional Dermatosis in a Courier Driver. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2017 Jul. 20 [cited 2023 Feb. 4];5(4):541-2. Available from:

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