[Skip to Navigation]
February 2011

Erosive Pustular Dermatosis of the Scalp Responding to Acitretin

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Hospital Clíinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Arch Dermatol. 2011;147(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.442

Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS) is a rare disorder of elderly people with actinically damaged skin. It is characterized by multiple pustules, erosions, and crusts on the scalp that can result in scarring alopecia.1 Although the cause remains unknown, there is often a history of previous trauma such as cryotherapy, radiotherapy, laser treatment, surgery, photodynamic therapy, or irritant contact dermatitis such as that caused by topical treatments with fluorouracil, imiquimod, or tretinoin.