Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccine-Induced Lupus Vulgaris in a Child Adopted from China
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2007
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages E44–E46, September/October 2007
How to Cite
Samuel, A., Browning, J., Campbell, J. and Metry, D. (2007), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccine-Induced Lupus Vulgaris in a Child Adopted from China. Pediatric Dermatology, 24: E44–E46. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2007.00439.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2007
Abstract: Lupus vulgaris is a rare form of cutaneous mycobacterial infection that can occur from mycobacterial exposure and even more rarely from exposure to the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine. We report a child who received this vaccination in China and then developed lupus vulgaris shortly after being adopted in the United States. After histopathologic confirmation, the infection was successfully treated with a combination of antibiotics. This occurrence demonstrates the need for heightened surveillance of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine-induced lupus vulgaris, given the increasing numbers of overseas adoptions taking place in the United States. To our knowledge, this is the first reported instance of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin immunization-induced lupus vulgaris in the United States.