Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta
|Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta|
Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Kiran Singh, M.D. 
Synonyms and keywords:
Pityriasis Lichenoides et Varioliformis Acuta, or Mucha Habermann's Disease, short form PLEVA, is a disease of the immune system. It is the more severe version of Pityriasis lichenoides chronica. The disease is characterized by rashes and small lesions on the skin. The disease is most common in males and usually occurs in childhood, although it has been seen in every age group and every race. It is possible for the disease to go into remission for short periods of time or forever.
Differentiating Pityriasis Lichenoides et Varoliformis Acuta from other Diseases
- It is commonly misdiagnosed as chickenpox or rosacea.
Epidemiology and Demographics
Natural History, Complications and Prognosis
- Prognosis is usually good with treatment.
The most common way to diagnose is by biopsy.
History and Symptoms
Other Diagnostic Studies
It is not contagious and currently there is no cure for the disease, although the lesions can be treated with ultraviolet therapy as well as topical steroids and antibiotics.
Treatment often involves multiple therapies that address the immune system and bacterial, viral, or dermatological causes.