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August 1976

Herpes Gestationis With Identical Lesions in the NewbornPassive Transfer of the Disease?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Warsaw School of Medicine, Warsaw (Drs Chorzelski, Jablonska, Maciejowska, and Jarza̧bek-Chorzelska), and the Department of Microbiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (Dr Beutner).

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(8):1129-1131. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630320035009

• Cutaneous lesions of herpes gestationis developed in a newborn on the fifth day of life and disappeared spontaneously after three weeks.

The immunologic phenomena were analogous in the mother and child. No circulating or in vivo-bound immunoglobulins were demonstrated, but components 3 and 4 of complement were present at the basement membrane zone.

We discuss a possible passive transfer of the disease to the newborn, and a supposedly pathogenetic role of immunologic phenomena in herpes gestationis.

(Arch Dermatol 112:1129-1131, 1976)