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June 1963

Primary Herpes in Adult With Darier's Disease

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine and Boston City Hospital (Dr. Fisher).; From the Evans Memorial Department of Clinical Research, Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals, and the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center (Dr. Kibrick).

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(6):729-731. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590180057010

A case of primary herpes simplex in an adult with Darier's disease (follicularis keratosis) is described. The infection which was initially mistaken for impetigo was probably acquired during hospitalization. The pre-existing lesions of Darier's disease were not involved. Spread was localized primarily to areas of mildly abraded skin. Primary herpes simplex is uncommon in adults, and its manifestations may mimic various other disorders. As a result its presence may be overlooked, as initially occurred in this patient.