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Kaposi Varicelliform Eruption

Background

Kaposi varicelliform eruption (KVE) is the name given to a distinct cutaneous eruption caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1, HSV-2, coxsackievirus A16, or vaccinia virus that infects a preexisting dermatosis. Most commonly, it is caused by a disseminated HSV infection in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and, for this reason, is often referred to as eczema herpeticum (EH). Note the image below.

Erythematous vesicles characteristic of eczema her

Erythematous vesicles characteristic of eczema herpeticum with associated impetiginous crust.

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