Poison ivy: An underreported cause of erythema multiforme

Andrew E. Werchniak, Kathryn Schwarzenberger

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The relationship between herpes simplex virus (HSV) and erythema multiforme (EM) has been well described.1-2 Many authors contend that EM (excluding Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis) occurs almost exclusively as a response to HSV infection.1 During the past year, however, we have observed several cases of EM complicating severe Rhus allergic contact dermatitis. Although this association has been previously documented,3,4 the paucity of cases in the literature, along with our experience, suggests that this is an underreported phenomenon. We describe 4 of our cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S159-S160
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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