Impetigo herpetiformis during pregnancy: case report and review of the literature

Yoram Wolf*, Asnat Groutz, Igal Walman, Dov Luxman, Menachem P. David

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A case of impetigo herpetiformis in pregnancy is reported together with a review of the literature. The patient was a 25‐year‐old primigravida with pregnancy‐induced hypertension (PIH). At 35 weeks' gestation, the patient developed a severely pruritic pustular rash with fever and leukocytosis. The skin of the affected areas was biopsied and showed intraepidermal pustules with a neutrophilic infiltrate. Treatment commenced with intravenous fluids, oral prednisone, and steroid creams. Labor was induced. and a normal delivery of a healthy infant was effected, following which the patient's condition improved rapidly. The clinical and laboratory features were typical of impetigo herpetiformis as described in the literature. Impetigo herpetiformis is a rare, potentially serious skin disorder occurring particularly during pregnancy, and must be diagnosed early to allow prompt, aggressive treatment. 1995 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-232
Number of pages4
JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995


  • impetigo herpetiformis
  • pregnancy


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