Herpes simplex virus in erythrokeratoderma variabilis

Shields Callahan, Euphemia Mu, Randie H. Kim, Shane A. Meehan, Paul Possick

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We report a 48-year-old woman with erythrokeratoderma variabilis, which is a rare hereditary disorder of keratinization, who developed new, painful, blisters within her skin lesions. The diagnosis of herpes simplex virus infection was made based on the clinical history and histopathologic features. She was successfully treated with prophylactic valacyclovir, and her herpetic outbreaks have halted. This case serves as a reminder that even among the most rare skin disorders, common secondary complications may be easily overlooked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-42
Number of pages3
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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