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October 1985

Impetigo Herpetiformis and Hypoparathyroidism

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Practice, State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Arch Dermatol. 1985;121(10):1330-1331. doi:10.1001/archderm.1985.01660100110029

• A 64-year-old woman had recurrent bouts of impetigo herpetiformis triggered by episodes of hypocalcemia secondary to postsurgical hypoparathyroidism. Correction of the hypocalcemia resulted in rapid clearing of her skin disease. Impetigo herpetiformis should be considered a variant of generalized pustular psoriasis. Although best known for its association with pregnancy, this disease should also be considered an important cutaneous manifestation of the postthyroidectomy syndrome.

(Arch Dermatol 1985;121:1330-1331)

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