Melanoerythroderma L81.4

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 24.08.2021

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Erythrodermia with Marked Pigmentation

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Fuzzily defined (outdated), purely descriptive term for a polyätiological variant or healing phase of erythroderma in which, in addition to the universal red colour of the erythroderma, an additional bronze-coloured pigmentation (histologically pigment insufficiency) of the entire integument is present.

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Often unknown. May appear as a paraneoplastic syndrome; also symptom of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or rare, severe drug side effects.

Clinical features
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Generally clinically severe clinical picture with universal, diffuse brown (red) discoloration of the entire integument. Often fine or coarse lamellar scaling is seen. Poikilodermatous aspect also possible. There is usually severe pruritus and generalized (dermatopathic -reactive) lymphadenectomy.

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Treatment of the underlying disease, otherwise bland greasy external agents such as water-containing wool wax alcohol ointment (or Eucerin cum aq.), ash base cream, linola fat or others.

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The term "melanoerythroderma" is not a diagnosis in the true sense of the word, but rather a description of a universal erythrodemic disease state.

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Last updated on: 24.08.2021