Atypical erythema multiforme
Fatima Zahra Elfatoiki, Soumia Chiheb
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;20:436. doi:10.11604/pamj..20.436.5882

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Atypical erythema multiforme

Fatima Zahra Elfatoiki, Soumia Chiheb
Pan Afr Med J. 2015; 20:436. doi:10.11604/pamj.2015.20.436.5882. Published 30 Apr 2015

4-year-old child presented oral and genital eruptions for 2 days, he had history of herpetic stomatitis 3 days before. Examination revealed oral painful erosive lesions with genital erythematous purpuric patch mimiking atypical target-like lesions . No others cutaneous lesions were observed. Skin biopsy showed apoptotic individual keratinocytes, degeneration of basal keratinocytes and intercellular oedema, it concluded to diagnosis of erythema multiforme. The patient was treated by Aciclovir 5mg/kg/day for 1 week with oral antihistamines, analgesics and local skin care. A complete resolution was noted after 2 weeks.

Corresponding author:
Fatima Zahra Elfatoiki, Department of Dermatology, Ibn Rochd UHC of Casablanca, Morocco

©Fatima Zahra Elfatoiki et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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