We attempted to clarify existing nomenclature utilized in describing linear epidermal nevi and Dr. Lantis' letter illustrates the lack of uniformity in classification of the dermatological entities. The references quoted by Dr. Lantis were reviewed by us and only because of space limitations, were not included in the reference section. Biopsies were performed in all three cases and histologic findings of hyperkeratosis and parakeratosis were common to all.
We wish to emphasize that the linear sebaceous nevus syndrome is representative of one of several types of linear epidermal nevi. Classification of neurocutaneous syndromes into groups and subgroups is far less important than attempting to delineate the pathogenesis of these entities. Furthermore, we do not believe that the nomenclature referred to in the article will mislead or create confusion, particularly among pediatricians. Dr. Lantis appears to be engaged in a battle of semantics and has completely overlooked the authors' intent to