Abstract Although no form of psoriasis vulgaris is very common in childhood, particularly in children under 5 years, the erythrodermic form is extremely rare. In a careful search of the dermatologic and pediatric literature, we found only two references to its occurrence. Fox1 noted that in rare cases the eruption "may tend to rapidly involve the whole skin." The other comment was by Lehmann in the discussion of Goeckerman and O'Leary's paper on erythroderma psoriaticum.2 An instance in a 6-year old girl was cited. We have seen two cases of erythrodermic psoriasis in children in the past year. One of these was presented before two dermatologic societies* to sample the experience of others with this type of psoriasis in children. Only one dermatologist remembered having treated a similar patient many years ago. We do not recall having observed any other examples either in private practice or References 1. Bronx Dermatologic Society on April 17, 1955, and the Dermatologic Section of the New York Academy of Medicine on May 3, 1955. 2. This communication is from Dr. H. D. Garrett. 3. References 3 and 4. 4. References 1 and 5. 5. Fox, G. H.: Skin Diseases of Children , New York, William Wood & Co., 1897, p. 28. 6. Goeckerman, W. H., and O'Leary, P. A.: Erythroderma Psoriaticum: A Review of 22 Cases , J.A.M.A. 99:2102-2105 ( (Dec. 17) ) 1932.Crossref 7. Iwama, M.: Über die Beziehungen zwischen Leberschädigung und Hauterkrankung: 9 Fälle von Erythrodermia exfoliatioa generalisata , Jap. J. Dermat. & Urol , 47:14-24 ( (Jan. 20) ) 1940. 8. Bauer, F.: Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis and Liver Function , Australian J. Dermat. 2:69-79 ( (Dec.) ) 1953. 9. Nobl, G.: Psoriasis, in Handbuch der Haut und Geschlechtskrankheiten , edited by J. Jadassohn, Vol. 7, Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1928, p. 204.
A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology – American Medical Association
Published: Aug 1, 1956