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Barber's syndrome

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Pustular psoriasis of the extremities, usually of the thenar and hypothenar eminences, adjacent parts of the palms, central parts of the soles, flexor surfaces of fingers and toes, lateral surfaces of the hands and feet, and around the wrists and ankles. Unknown aetiology. Moderate prevalence in females.


  • M. Königsbeck:
    Über stark exsudative Psoriasis mit Pustelbildung, speziell der Hände, Füsse und Nägel. Inaugural dissertation, Munich,1917.
  • H. W. Barber:
    Pustular psoriasis of the extremities.
    Guy’s Hospital Reports, London, 1936, 86: 108-119.
  • S. Behrens, G. von Kobyletzki, M. Kerscher:
    Re-PUVA-Bad-Therapie bei Psoriasis pustulosa palmaris et plantaris Typ Königsbeck-Barber.
    Dermatologie im Bild, 1996, 3: 36-39.
We thank Volker Paech, Bochum, Germany, for information submitted.

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