Mucha-Habermann disease

pit·y·ri·a·sis li·che·noi·des et va·ri·o·li·for·mis a·cu·ta (PLEVA),

an acute dermatitis affecting children and young adults that runs a relatively mild course and is self-limited, although persistence of lesions and recurrence of attacks are not uncommon; vesicles, papules, and crusted lesions eventually produce smallpox-like scars.

Mucha-Habermann disease

[mo̅o̅′kä hä′bermän]
Etymology: Viktor Mucha; Austrian dermatologist, 1877-1919; Rudolf Habermann, German dermatologist, 1884-1941
an acute or subacute, sometimes relapsing, widespread macular, papular, or vesicular eruption that tends to crusting, necrosis, and hemorrhage, which heals and leaves pigmented depressed scars, followed by the development of a new crop of lesions. Occasionally, progression to a chronic form may occur. Also called acute lichenoid pityriasis, acute parapsoriasis, Habermann's disease, Mucha's disease, parapsoriasis varioliformis acuta, pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta.
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Mucha-Habermann disease


Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta. An immune disorder of acute onset, which is more common in young men and characterised by successive waves of maculopapular, erythematous eruptions on the anterior trunk and flexor surfaces of the proximal parts of the extremities. Some cases have been linked to cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

PUVA, corticosteroids, antibiotics, methotrexate; short- and long-term remission may occur.


Rudolf, German dermatologist, 1884-1941.
Habermann disease
Mucha-Habermann disease - see under Mucha
Mucha-Habermann syndrome - Synonym(s): Mucha-Habermann disease


Victor, Austrian dermatologist, 1877-1919.
Mucha-Habermann disease - an acute dermatitis affecting children and young adults. Synonym(s): Mucha-Habermann syndrome; pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta
Mucha-Habermann syndrome - Synonym(s): Mucha-Habermann disease