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May 2006

Oral Involvement in Hydroa Vacciniforme

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(5):647-651. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.5.651

Hydroa vacciniforme (HV) is a rare photosensitivity disorder with onset in childhood. Oral mucosal involvement seems to be rare. We report a case of a 14-year-old boy who had a recurrent papulovesicular necrotic facial eruption. One year prior to presentation at our clinic, his skin symptoms appeared after sun exposure. The eruption resolved in a few weeks with some varicellalike scars. After he used strict photoprotection (Photoderm Max; Bioderma, Lyon, France), there was no recurrence of his cutaneous disorder. In May 2005, he was referred to our clinic with a new relapse of his skin rash triggered by 2 days of sun exposure without any photoprotection. He complained of severe mouth and lip pain. There were no symptoms of ocular involvement.

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