[Skip to Navigation]
October 1993

Hailey-Hailey Disease of the Vulva

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology State University of New York 100 High St C-319 Buffalo, NY 14203

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(10):1344-1345. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680310116027

Familial benign chronic pemphigus was initially described in 19391 in two brothers with a recurrent pruritic blistering eruption of the neck. Distinctive histopathologic features combining aspects of both pemphigus and Darier's disease were found. As cases were identified, it was noted to affect other sites, including the perineum, groin, and intertriginous areas, and began to be called Hailey-Hailey disease (HH). Isolated areas of involvement with this dominantly inherited disorder may pose a diagnostic dilemma, particularly when presenting with vulvar lesions, as clinical findings may simulate other disorders. We describe three patients with HH who presented with erosive vulvar lesions and review this uncommon entity.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.  A 36-year-old nurse was referred with a 15-month history of vaginal and vulvar pain, ascribed to candidiasis. The biopsy specimen disclosed persistent erosive lesions demonstrative of acantholysis. Indirect immunofluorescence was negative. Treatments included topical steroids, vitamin A (Aquasol A), and

Add or change institution