Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption is a rare and potentially fatal viral infection caused mainly by reactivation of herpes simplex virus. It concomitantly occurs with. Disseminated herpes or vaccinia in the setting of underlying skin diseases is known as Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption (KVE). Patients typically present with. It is autosomal dominant in transmission. Patients with DWD are prone to frequent superinfection including the rare complication of Kaposi varicelliform eruption.

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Varicekliform Publishing; Jan. It concomitantly occurs with preexisting skin conditions,[ 3 ] mostly atopic dermatitis ADwith a higher prevalence in childhood,[ 1 ] although it can occur at any age. Widespread clusters of vesicles and erosions covered by hemorrhagic crusts.

Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption associated kwposi the use of tacrolimus ointment in two neonates. Although there is no consensual therapeutic approach, the early use of antiviral therapy in association with systemic antibiotics is crucial.

Eczema herpeticum is a rare but severe disseminated infection that generally occurs at sites of skin damage produced by, for example, atopic dermatitisburns, long term usage of topical steroids or eczema.

Therefore, prophylactic antibiotic therapy is recommended.

Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption: A case series

In case of doubt, the Tzanck smear allows a diagnostic approach, that is rapid and economical,[ 14 rruption though not specific. Recently, Mathes et al.


The most frequently affected sites are the trunk, neck, and head. We conducted a retrospective observational study that included 19 patients [ Table 1 ] between 0 and 55 years who were diagnosed with KVE between 01 March and 01 March In ksposi, the Th-2 cytokine environment found in atopic dermatitis seems of crucial importance.

D ICD – Chickenpox Herpes zoster Herpes zoster oticus Ophthalmic zoster Disseminated herpes zoster Zoster-associated pain Modified varicella-like syndrome. Rubella virus Rubella Congenital rubella syndrome “German measles” Alphavirus infection Chikungunya fever. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol ; It may affect general health and can be fatal. Five patients required acyclovir suppressive therapy due to relapses acyclovir mg per day for 6—12 months.

Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption: A case series

A skin biopsy is not required to confirm a diagnosis, but eruptjon it is performed, histological findings include intra-epidermal blister, acantholysis, multinuclear giant cells with intranuclear inclusion, and ballooning degeneration of the keratinocytes.

Abstract Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption is a rare and potentially fatal viral infection caused mainly by reactivation of herpes simplex virus.

In the present communication, two cases of Kaposi’s varicelliform eruption occurring in adults will be described. Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account. Prophylactic treatment with systemic antibiotics is recommended to kzposi secondary bacterial infection. Kaposi varicelliform eruption, also called eczema herpeticum, refers to a disseminated skin infection due to a virus that usually leads to localized vesicular eruptions, occurring in a patient with an underlying cutaneous disease.


The diagnosis is clinical[ 1 ]. KVE is characterized by vesicopustules, some umbilicated and other eroded, and extended in clusters. Turn recording varicellitorm on.

Kaposi’s Varicelliform Eruption

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Financial support and sponsorship Nil. For outpatients the administration of oral valacyclovir had a higher bioavailability. It can be treated with systemic antiviral drugssuch as aciclovir or valganciclovir. Clear Turn Off Turn On. Click on image for details.

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