FROM the time of the original description of pyodermatite végétante by Hallopeau,1 a small number of vegetating dermatoses have been described in the literature. There has been considerable confusion in the reports of cases classified as dermatitis vegetans, especially in the American literature since the report by Hartzel2 in 1901, when he first used the term. Many cases not related to Hallopeau's pyodermatite végétante have been classified as dermatitis vegetans without conforming to the clinical and pathologic pictures seen in pyodermatite végétante of Hallopeau.
In reporting 3 cases primarily involving the oral cavity, in 2 of which the condition remained an oral entity throughout the entire course of the disease and in the third of which a secondary cutaneous eruption developed a year after the primary oral condition, the name pyostomatitis vegetans is suggested as the one best suited to describe the disease. The clinical appearance,
McCARTHY FP. PYOSTOMATITIS VEGETANSReport of Three Cases. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(5_PART_I):750–764. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530050112010
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