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October 1978

Impetigo Herpetiformis or Generalized Pustular Psoriasis?

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Oosterling and Van Der Meer) and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Drs Nobrega and Du Boeuff), State University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(10):1527-1529. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640220076021

• Impetigo herpetiformis was diagnosed in a primigravida woman on clinical, laboratory, and histopathological grounds. This disease should be considered as a rare and serious variant of generalized pustular psoriasis.

After initiating prednisone therapy, antepartum registration of fetal heart rate patterns appears necessary to evaluate fetal well-being.

Subsequent pregnancies of the patient were not recommended.

(Arch Dermatol 114:1527-1529, 1978)