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March 1955

ECZEMA HERPETICUM (KAPOSI'S VARICELLIFORM ERUPTION): Report of Three Recurrent Cases

AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(3):399-401. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540270111022
Abstract

Although recurrent herpes simplex is very common, subsequent attacks of Kaposi's varicelliform eruption are extremely rare.1 We were able to find only four reports of recurrences of Kaposi's varicelliform eruption in the literature available to us*; undoubtedly, there must be numerous unpublished observations. We, therefore, deem it worthy to report three additional recurrent cases.

REPORT OF CASES

Case 1.—M. C., a 17-year-old white girl, has had atopic eczema since infancy. On Jan. 14, 1953, a confluent vesicular eruption appeared on her head, neck, shoulders, and arms; the involved area was erythematous and edematous. There was marked regional lymphadenopathy. On Jan. 17 she was admitted to the hospital. The white blood count was 12,800, and the urinalysis revealed 1+ albumin. A gradually rising fever reached 104 F. on Jan. 19 and dropped precipitously to 100 F. on Jan. 20. The temperature returned to normal on Jan. 23. Regression

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