Herpes Simplex Labialis Virus is A Risk Factor for Vitiligo (Post- Herpes Simplex Labialis Vitiligo)
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2013, Volume 12, Issue 3, Pages 401-403
Herpes simplex labialis is a common disease and is the major cause of erythema multiforme.
Recently post-herpes labialis leukoderma had been noticed on the lips of Iraqi patients
The aim of the present work is to assess this new pigmentary problem.
A total of 24 patients with post-herpes labialis leukoderma were included in this study. Full history
and a thorough physical examination were done for all patients.
Fourteen females (58.37%) and 10 males (41.67%) were studied. Their ages ranged between 7-53
years. Koebner phenomenon was positive in 17 (70.83%) patients. Family history of vitiligo in
close relatives was positive in 13 (54.17%) of patients.
The findings of the present work are in favor that this type of leukoderma is a variant of vitiligo
that may be induced by herpes-simplex labialis
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