Acute hemorrhagic edema of childhood (AHE)

Pediatr Dermatol. Mar-Apr 1998;15(2):91-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1470.1998.1998015091.x.


Four patients with acute hemorrhagic edema (AHE) of childhood are presented. Two patients had associated pulmonary tuberculosis. AHE of childhood is a benign condition, characterized by inflammatory edema and ecchymotic purpura in a target or cockade pattern. Histology of the skin lesions shows typical leucocytoclastic vasculitis and the condition has therefore been considered a variant of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). However, because of its benign course, AHE should be considered as a separate entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Arm*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Edema / diagnosis*
  • Facial Dermatoses / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / complications