Gyrate erythema

Dermatol Clin. 1985 Jan;3(1):129-39.


The gyrate erythemas consist of a nonspecific group (often called erythema annulare centrifugum) for which the cause is usually unknown, and three specific types (erythema marginatum rheumaticum, erythema chronicum migrans [Lyme disease], and erythema gyratum repens). The first specific type, erythema marginatum rheumaticum, has become extremely rare with the decline of its associated disease, rheumatic fever. The second specific type, erythema chronicum migrans, is caused by a spirochete transmitted by the I. ricinus complex of ticks. The third specific type, erythema gyratum repens, is uncommon, morphologically distinctive, and an indicator of serious disease, usually internal malignancy, in almost every instance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis / complications
  • Erythema / classification
  • Erythema / diagnosis
  • Erythema / etiology
  • Erythema / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / complications
  • Lyme Disease / drug therapy
  • Lyme Disease / etiology
  • Lyme Disease / pathology
  • Rheumatic Fever / complications
  • Rheumatology / trends


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents