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Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta


Other Names for this Disease
  • Mucha-Habermann disease
  • PLEVA
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Your Question

My 13-year-old son was recently diagnosed with pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA). Our local physicians do not know much about this condition and have not been very helpful in providing us with treatments. How is this condition treated? Where can I learn about the most current treatments? Are there doctors or researchers who specialize in this condition?

Our Answer

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How might pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta be treated?

Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA) often resolves on its own within several weeks to several months. Depending on the severity of the condition and the symptoms present, treatment may not be necessary.[1][2]

If treatment is indicated, there are many different therapies that have been used to treat PLEVA with varying degrees of success. These include:[1][3][2]
Unfortunately, PLEVA may not always respond to treatment and relapses often occur when treatment is discontinued.[1]
Last updated: 2/2/2015

Where can I learn about the most current treatments for pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta?  

You can find relevant articles on the treatment of pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA) through PubMed, a searchable database of biomedical journal articles. Although not all of the articles are available for free online, most articles listed in PubMed have a summary available. To obtain the full article, contact a medical/university library or your local library for interlibrary loan. You can also order articles online through the publisher's website. Using "Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta [ti] AND treatment" as your search term should help you locate articles. Use the advanced search feature to narrow your search results. Click here to view a search. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) website has a page for locating libraries in your area that can provide direct access to these journals (print or online). The webpage also describes how you can get these articles through interlibrary loan and Loansome Doc (an NLM document-ordering service). You can access this page at the following link http://nnlm.gov/members/. You can also contact the NLM toll-free at 888-346-3656 to locate libraries in your area.
Last updated: 2/3/2015

Are there doctors or researchers who specialize in pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta?

Many individuals want to know about healthcare professionals or researchers who have knowledge of their conditions. When a condition is rare, it can be difficult to find someone who has seen many cases. Although there is no list of experts in rare diseases, GARD's "How to Find a Disease Specialist" guide provides several ways to identify healthcare professionals and researchers who have experience with a particular condition. To access this resource, please click here.

The American Academy of Dermatology has an online tool that can help you find your nearest dermatologist. Click on the link above to access this tool.
Last updated: 2/3/2015

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Mucha-Habermann disease
  • PLEVA
Related Diseases
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.