Ichthyosis acquisita (pseudoichthyosis) L85.0

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 20.11.2022

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Acquired ichthyosis; acquired icthyosis; Ichthyosis acquired; Pseudoichthyosis; Pseudo-Ithyosis; Skin changes symptomatic ichthyosiform; symptomatic ichthyosis

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Non-hereditary ichthyosiform skin changes in the context of other diseases or due to incorrect, drying, usually exaggerated skin care. In rare cases also occurring as a paraneoplastic syndrome.

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See Table 1.

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Treatment of the underlying disease. General and external therapy according to ichthyosis vulgaris, autosomal dominant.

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Associated clinical pictures/occurrence

Excessive false cleansing processes

V.a. in elderly people


Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, breast carcinomas, lung carcinomas, cervical carcinomas, leiomyosarcomas, Kaposi's sarcoma

Renal insufficiency

e.g. dialysis

Autoimmune diseases

Systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, mixed collagenosis

Infectious diseases

HIV, tuberculosis


Lipid-lowering drugs, psychotropic drugs, cimetidine, clofazimine


Vitamin A deficiency, cachexia

Hormone disorders

Hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, panhypopituitarism

Chronic inflammatory diseases

M. Crohn's disease, proctocolitis

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  1. DiGiovanna JJ et al (2003) Ichthyosis: etiology, diagnosis, and management. At J Clin Dermatol 4: 81-95
  2. Eisman S et al (2003) Granulomatous mycosis fungoides presenting as an acquired ichthyosis. Clin Exp Dermatol 28: 174-176
  3. Kütting B et al (1995) The acquired ichthyosis-like skin condition. dermatologist 46: 836-840
  4. Rizos E et al (2002) Acquired icthyosis: a paraneoplastic skin manifestation of Hodgkin's disease. Lancet Oncol 3: 727


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Last updated on: 20.11.2022