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Pain in the pinnae: a sign of levamisole vasculopathy
  1. Barry Ladizinski1,
  2. Kachiu C Lee2
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2Department of Dermatology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to Barry Ladizinski, Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, Box 2822, Durham, NC 27710, USA; barryladizinski{at}

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  • Contributors KCL and BL contributed equally to the conception, design, drafting and revision of the article and approved the final version of the article to be published. BL will be responsible for the overall content as guarantor.

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