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Eczema herpeticum
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ICD-10 B00.0
ICD-9 054.0
DiseasesDB 31391
eMedicine article/1132622
MeSH D007617

Eczema herpeticum is a rare but severe disseminated herpes infection that generally occurs at sites of skin damage produced by, for example, atopic dermatitis, burns, or eczema.[1] It is also known as Kaposi varicelliform eruption. This condition is most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2, but may also be caused by coxsackievirus A16, or vaccinia virus.[1] This infection affects multiple organs, including the eyes, brain, lung, and liver, and can be fatal.

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Treatment

It can be treated with systemic antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir or valaciclovir.[2]

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References

  1. ^ a b Olson J, Robles DT, Kirby P, Colven R (2008). "Kaposi varicelliform eruption (eczema herpeticum)". Dermatology online journal 14 (2): 18. PMID 18700121. http://dermatology.cdlib.org/142/case_presentations/eczemaherp/olson.html.  
  2. ^ Brook I, Frazier EH, Yeager JK (April 1998). "Microbiology of infected eczema herpeticum". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 38 (4): 627–9. PMID 9555806. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0190-9622(98)70130-6.  

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