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August 1944

KAPOSI'S VARICELLIFORM ERUPTION: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF TWO CASES OF ITS OCCURRENCE IN ADULTS

Author Affiliations

First Assistant in Dermatology and Syphilology, Mayo Clinic; ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology, Mayo Clinic.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(2):99-104. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510140022005
Abstract

In his textbook published toward the close of the nineteenth century Kaposi1 described a complication of infantile eczema, not previously recorded, based on his observation of 10 patients with a "varicelliform eruption." His description has scarcely been improved on in the subsequent half century. Inasmuch as the disease is rare, even in childhood, we should like to report 2 cases in which the patients were adults. Both had chronic atopic dermatitis.

REPORT OF CASES

Case 1.—A white physician aged 30 years had been seen repeatedly by members of the dermatologic staff since June 1939, because of atopic dermatitis (disseminated neurodermatitis) from which he had been suffering since infancy. Off and on there had been characteristic remissions and relapses. There was no history of hay fever, asthma, migraine or urticaria. He had been vaccinated against smallpox at the ages of 5, 9, 14 and 22 years. On the last

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