84. Pityriasis Rosea

  1. Alan D. Irvine MD, FRCPI, FRCP3,4,
  2. Peter H. Hoeger MD5,6 and
  3. Albert C. Yan MD, FAAP, FAAD7,8
  1. Antonio A. T. Chuh MD, FRCP, MRCPCH1 and
  2. Vijay Zawar MD, FAAD, DNB, DV&D2

Published Online: 24 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch84

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

How to Cite

Chuh, A. A. T. and Zawar, V. (2011) Pityriasis Rosea, in Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition (eds A. D. Irvine, P. H. Hoeger and A. C. Yan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch84

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 4

    Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

  3. 5

    University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  4. 6

    Catholic Children's Hospital Wilhelmstift, Hamburg, Germany

  5. 7

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  6. 8

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Public Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

  2. 2

    Skin Diseases Centre Nashik, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176958

Online ISBN: 9781444345384

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Keywords:

  • Camille-Melchoir Gibert;
  • collarette scale;
  • erythromycin;
  • herald patch;
  • human herpes viruses;
  • lines of cleavage;
  • viral exanthem

Summary

Pityriasis rosea is a common papulosquamous disease clinically characterized by onset as a herald patch followed by a secondary eruption oriented along the lines of skin cleavages, affecting mainly the trunk and proximal aspects of extremities. Current evidence indicates that pityriasis rosea is aetiologically related to viral infections. Spontaneous remission is the rule. Historical aspects, aetiological considerations, clinical features, diagnostic criteria and treatment options of the disease are discussed in this chapter.