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June 1984

Kaposi's Varicelliform Eruption: Development in a Patient With a Healing Second-degree Burn

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Saga Medical School, Saga, Japan (Drs Nishimura, Hino, Mihara, and Kohda), and the Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (Dr Maekawa).

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(6):799-800. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650420109030

Generalized cutaneous herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection has been reported to occur as a complication of thermal injury.1 We encountered a patient with a healing second-degree burn who had Kaposi's varicelliform eruption. From his lesions, we isolated a virus that was probably HSV type 1.

Report of a Case  A 1-year-old boy sustained thermal burns over 60% of his body surface when he fell into a bathtub filled with hot water on April 30, 1982. On examination, the burns were almost entirely second degree in depth and involved portions of the face, trunk, arms, and right thigh. On admission to Saga Medical School Hospital, Japan, he was given fluids parenterally.On the day of admission and daily thereafter, the face was treated with a 10% povidone-iodine gel. Other areas of the thermal burns were treated with the antiseptic gel and an ointment containing 0.25% hydrocortisone. These burns were covered

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