Dermatoses of pregnancy

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2001 Jul;45(1):1-19; quiz 19-22. doi: 10.1067/mjd.2001.114595.


The dermatoses of pregnancy can be classified into the following 3 groups: physiologic skin changes in pregnancy, dermatoses and cutaneous tumors affected by pregnancy, and specific dermatoses of pregnancy. Correct diagnosis and classification are essential for the treatment of these disorders, when necessary. Laboratory investigations are required when the diagnosis remains in question despite a careful history and thorough physical examination. A discussion with the pregnant woman about the nature of her skin condition, and the possible fetal risks associated with it, is imperative.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications / pathology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases / therapy
  • Skin Pigmentation