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Dermatoses of pregnancy

Miriam Keltz Pomeranz, MD
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Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
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Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


The maternal skin and appendages undergo normal physiological changes during pregnancy, as do other organ systems (table 1). (See "The skin, hair, nails, and mucous membranes during pregnancy".)

Cutaneous diseases that are specific to the gravid state may also occur. Dermatoses of pregnancy are defined as skin disorders that are limited to pregnant and puerperal women. These include the following conditions, which are described below [1-4]:

Pemphigoid gestationis

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

Atopic eruption of pregnancy (eczema in pregnancy, prurigo of pregnancy, pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy)


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