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June 1964

Recurrent Eczema Herpeticum: Widespread Cutaneous Herpes Simplex in Atopic Patient Without Active Atopic Dermatitis

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center (Dr. Mailman).

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(6):815-818. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590300043013

A case of recurrent eczema herpeticum (recurrent disseminated cutaneous herpes simplex) is presented. The patient had a previous history of atopic dermatitis. This case is believed to be the first reported instance of disseminated cutaneous herpes simplex recurring in an atopic patient at a time when the skin was clear of active atopic dermatitis. The significance of this observation is discussed.

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