Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed 98:16-17 doi:10.1136/edpract-2012-302634
  • Dermatophile

Paediatric bullous dermatoses

  1. N P Burrows
  1. Department of Dermatology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Moumita Chattopadhyay, Department of Dermatology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; drmchattopadhyay{at}
  • Received 8 July 2012
  • Revised 8 July 2012
  • Accepted 10 August 2012
  • Published Online First 30 October 2012

Answers to the following quiz questions can be found on page 31.


Case 1: A 13-month-old boy presented with multiple pruritic tense blisters on the lower abdomen, lower extremities, groin, perineum and perioral areas for the past 1 week. There was no family history of skin disease, and no history of recent upper respiratory tract infections or drug intake prior to the onset of blistering. Physical examination revealed annular erythema with circumferential vesicles and blisters giving a ‘cluster of jewels’ appearance. There was no mucosal involvement. What is the diagnosis?

Select one best answer from the following:

A. Incontinentia pigmenti

B. Erythema multiforme

C. Linear IgA dermatosis

D. Neonatal Herpes Simplex virus infection

E. Chicken pox

F. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

G. Bullous insect bite reaction

H. Bullous impetigo


Case 2: A 3-week-old boy presented with a bullous eruption. Examination revealed an afebrile child with flaccid blisters and erosions on lower abdomen, perineum and upper thighs. Mucous membranes were spared. What is the diagnosis?


Case 3: A 9-year-old girl had a 1-month history of pruritic blisters and erosions on the …

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