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Eczema herpeticum

Eczema herpeticum (EH) was first described by Moritz Kaposi in 1887. Today, the term Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption (KVE) is used to describe cutaneous herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection affecting any underlying skin disease, whereas EH is restricted to disseminated HSV infection of atopic dermatitis (AD) and other forms of dermatitis. KVE has been reported in association with Darier’s disease, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, pityriasis rubra pilaris and Hailey- Hailey disease, among others.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(1): 16–17
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