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January 2009

Truncal Pruritic Papular Eruption and Palmar Hyperhidrosis After Spinal Cord Contusion

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(1):90-91. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.533

A 35-year-old white man complained of a 15-year history of genital herpes simplex and a 5-year history of a generalized herpes eruption manifesting as a pruritic truncal eruption and sweaty palms. The truncal eruption and palmar hyperhidrosis began concurrently 3 months after he sustained a severe “whiplash” injury to the cervical spine from an automobile crash. Neurologic examination was extensive, and all findings were negative. Clinical diagnoses of spinal cord contusion and generalized herpes simplex were rendered by his neurologist. Long-term suppressive acyclovir therapy was ineffective.

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