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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990 Nov;23(5 Pt 1):850-4.

Papular-purpuric "gloves and socks" syndrome.

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  • 1Clinique de Dermatologie, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire, Genève, Switzerland.


We report five cases of an acute, self-limiting dermatosis that has not been previously described. It consists of a pruritic edema and erythema of the hands and feet in a gloves-and-socks distribution and is associated with oral lesions and fever. The clinical course is characterized by the rapid development of petechial purpura and clearing of lesions within 1 to 2 weeks. The disease appears to affect only young and otherwise healthy persons and occurs mostly during the spring. The etiology is unknown but might be of infectious origin.

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