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August 1976

Herpes Gestationis With Identical Lesions in the Newborn: Passive Transfer of the Disease?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Warsaw School of Medicine, Warsaw (Drs Chorzelski, Jablonska, Maciejowska, and Jarza̧bek-Chorzelska), and the Department of Microbiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (Dr Beutner).

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(8):1129-1131. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630320035009

• Cutaneous lesions of herpes gestationis developed in a newborn on the fifth day of life and disappeared spontaneously after three weeks.

The immunologic phenomena were analogous in the mother and child. No circulating or in vivo-bound immunoglobulins were demonstrated, but components 3 and 4 of complement were present at the basement membrane zone.

We discuss a possible passive transfer of the disease to the newborn, and a supposedly pathogenetic role of immunologic phenomena in herpes gestationis.

(Arch Dermatol 112:1129-1131, 1976)