Print friendly version
Pityriasis rubra pilaris
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial pityriasis rubra pilaris
- Pityriasis rubra pilaris--familial type
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.
 Pityriasis rubra pilaris can be divided into 5 categories: classic adult type, atypical adult type, classic juvenile type, circumscribed juvenile type, and atypical juvenile type. More recently, an HIV-associated type has been added to this classification system. This condition can be inherited or acquired. Pityriasis rubra pilaris may occur at any age, with the familial type commonly starting in early childhood and the acquired type in the fifth or sixth decades of life. Both men and women are affected equally.Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a skin disorder that causes constant inflammation and scaling (exfoliation) of the skin.
Last updated: 6/30/2011
- Pityriasis rubra pilaris. MedlinePlus. April 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001471.htm. Accessed 6/30/2011.
- Shenefelt PD. Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris. eMedicine. May 2010; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1107742-overview. Accessed 6/30/2011.
- Goldsmith LA, Baden HP. Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris. In: Freedberg, et al., ed. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine, 6th edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2003;
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Pityriasis rubra pilaris. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition. Click on the link to view the information.
In Depth Information
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. Click on the link to view this information. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Pityriasis rubra pilaris. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Pityriasis rubra pilaris. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.