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Besnier's prurigo

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A skin disease that usually follows infantile atopic dermatitis. After onset in infancy with lichenification of the face, scalp and cubital and polietal areas, there is pruritus eczema, erythema, exudations, excoriation, and crusting. Often associated with asthma, exacerbations of asthmatic attack and prurigo alternate. Etiology is uncertain, but infants from families with a history of allergic disorders seem to be most susceptible. Genetic transmission is suspected.


  • E. Besnier:
    Première note et observations préliminaires pour servir d'introduction à l'étude des prurigos diathésiques (dermites multiformes pruriguneuses chroniques exacerbantes et paroxystiques du type du prurigo de Hebra.
    Annales de dermatologie et de syphiligraphie, Paris, 1892, 3: 634-648.

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