Psoriasis erythema anulare centrifugum-like L40.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

Co-Autor: Franziska Welke

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Anular pustular psoriasis; Circinar generalized pustular psoriasis; EACP; Erythema annulare centrifugum-like psoriasis cum pustulatione; Erythema anulare centrifugum Degos; Erythema anulare centrifugum-like psoriasis; Erythema circinatum recidivans; pustular psoriasis

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Milan and Katchoura, 1932

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Rare, mild special form of pustular psoriasis generalisata (Zumbusch type) with the formation of characteristic garland-shaped (circulatory) skin patterns that are anular and caused by confluence. In EACP, the general symptoms of pustular psoriasis are missing.

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While EACP is rare in adulthood, it is the most common pustular psoriasis variant in childhood.

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Extremities, gluteal inguinal and abdominal region. Face, palmae and plantae always remain free. Localized solitary variants have been described.

Clinical features
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Chronic generalized psoriasis, usually in relapses, characterized by its prominent anular formations. Depending on the stage of activity, the peripheral zones may be dry peeling or may be covered with pustules which are not bound to the follicle. The itching varies in intensity. The tendency towards central healing and a simultaneous peripheral progression leads to the characteristic ring-shaped and, in case of confluence, garland-like formations. Typical is the inward-directed scaling (Collerette scaling) of the anular foci. The foci heal with the formation of coarse lamellar (corneolytic) scaling.

Episodes can be associated with a general feeling of illness, fever and possibly athralgia.

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CRP and BSG increased. In the blood count leukocytosis with neutrophilia.

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Superficial dermatitis with subcorneal pustular formation

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S.u. Psoriasis.

Systemic therapeutic agents of the first choice are REtinoids in the usual dosages.

Alternatively: Ciclosporin A, Methotrexate, Infliximab, Etanercept and Adalimumab

External: Glucocorticoids, PUVA therapy

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The disease can be triggered by infections, drugs (NSAIDs in combination with febrile bacterial infection) or hormonal factors. The erythema of anulare-like psoriasis can progress in phases over years. However, a single occurrence is also possible, even in the case of complications in previously known psoriasis vulgaris (e.g. through prolonged internal administration of glucocorticoids and their discontinuation - steroid withdrawal).

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020