Cutis Rhomboidalis Nuchae
September 14, 2005
During a routine skin cancer screening, yellowed, thickened, leathery skin was noted on the posterior neck of a 73-year-old retired construction worker. Colloquially, this condition is called “sailor's skin” or “farmer's skin” and is seen in persons who have had long-term exposure to the sun. It is known clinically as cutis rhomboidalis nuchae, because the well-defined furrows in the skin resemble an irregular rhomboidal pattern.