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Dermatology. 1994;188(2):85-7.

Papular-purpuric 'gloves and socks' syndrome: not only parvovirus B19.

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Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.


We previously described an acute dermatosis characterized by pruritic erythematous and slightly papular lesions on the hands and feet in a 'gloves and socks' distribution associated with oral aphthoid lesions and fever (papular-purpuric 'gloves and socks' syndrome = PPGSS). We strongly suspected a viral origin, but serologic tests for a large panel of viruses remained negative. Subsequently, 2 cases of PPGSS with serologic evidence of a parvovirus B19 infection have been reported in the literature. Since then we observed 5 additional patients with a PPGSS. Parvovirus B19 infection could be confirmed in only 2 cases. Our findings suggest that the PPGSS can be another, yet undescribed manifestation of parvovirus infection. However, this cannot be shown in all the cases. As the papular acrodermatitis of childhood, this syndrome may be caused by various viral agents.

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