Investigation of herpes simplex virus DNA in pityriasis rosea by polymerase chain reaction
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2005
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 44, Issue 6, pages 477–478, June 2005
How to Cite
Bozdag, K. E., Güven, F. Ö., Zeytinoglu, A., Erensoy, S., Karaman, A. and Bilgiç, A. (2005), Investigation of herpes simplex virus DNA in pityriasis rosea by polymerase chain reaction. International Journal of Dermatology, 44: 477–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.01965.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2005
Background Pityriasis rosea (PR) is an acute, inflammatory disease of unknown cause. Clinical and experimental findings indicate an infectious etiology of PR. Our purpose is to examine the skin lesions and blood samples of PR patients by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the presence of HSV type 1 and 2 DNA.
Methods The lesional skin biopsies from 10 patients and blood samples from two randomized patients with clinically and histologically confirmed pityriasis rosea were examined by PCR.
Results No HSV 1 and HSV 2 DNA was detected in the lesional biopsy and blood samples.
Conclusions We could not identify a relationship between HSV 1, HSV 2 and PR.