Pityriasis lichenoides and its subtypes

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Oct;55(4):557-72; quiz 573-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2005.07.058.


Pityriasis lichenoides represents a unique group of inflammatory skin disorders that include pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA), febrile ulceronecrotic Mucha-Habermann disease (a subtype of PLEVA), and pityriasis lichenoides chronica. The history, epidemiology, clinical features, pathophysiology, and treatment of this group of conditions are reviewed in this manuscript.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides* / classification
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides* / diagnosis
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides* / epidemiology
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides* / etiology
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides* / therapy