[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 1978

Pemphigus Vegetans of Hallopeau-Reply

Author Affiliations

St Petersburg, Fla

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(4):628. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640160093043

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


In Reply.—  We certainly appreciate Dr Forman's interest in our article and his continuing efforts to unravel a controversy that has existed for nearly a century.The historical background for this discussion has been amply covered, both in our article and Dr Forman's letter. That a difference exists between pemphigus vegetans of Neumann and pemphigus vegetans of Hallopeau is certain. Pemphigus vegetans of Hallopeau has a benign course, a lack of bullae, a preference for flexural areas, and a sequence of pustules followed by vegetations, whereas pemphigus vegetans of Neumann usually begins and ends as pemphigus vulgaris, from which it differs only in that many denuded areas heal with papillomatous formations. Its prognosis is similar to pemphigus vulgaris. The controversy boils down to whether pemphigus vegetans of Hallopeau and pyodermite végétante (pyoderma vegetans) are separate diseases. That Hallopeau's name is often associated with both entities certainly doesn't help matters.Dr

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview