Grover's disease (transient and persistent acantholytic dermatosis)
- Helge Riemann, MD
Helge Riemann, MD
- Mid Coast Dermatology, Brunswick, Maine
- Whitney A High, MD
Whitney A High, MD
- Associate Professor of Dermatology and Dermatopathology
- University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Section Editor
- Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
- Section Editor — General Dermatology
- Professor of Dermatology and Public Health
- University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Colorado School of Public Health
- Chief, Dermatology Service
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
- Eastern Colorado Health Care System
In 1970, Ralph Grover presented a series of six patients with a pruritic papular and/or papulovesicular rash upon the trunk that cleared within weeks . Histopathologic analysis revealed a characteristic pattern of acantholysis within the epidermis, and Grover named the disease "transient acantholytic dermatosis." Subsequent reports described an often chronic course, but essentially identical histologic findings, and the term "transient and persistent acantholytic dermatosis" was proposed [2,3]. However, the eponym, "Grover's disease," remains in wide use.
The prevalence and incidence of Grover's disease have not been firmly established. In a study from Switzerland, Grover's disease was diagnosed in just 24 of more than 30,000 skin biopsies .
It is thought that Grover's disease affects chiefly white adults in the fifth decade or later and appears to be approximately 1.6 to 2.1 times more common in men than in women [5,6]. Grover's disease appears less common in darker-skinned individuals but has been reported .
The etiology of Grover's disease is unknown. Suspected triggers of disease activity include heat and sweating, sunlight, ionizing irradiation, end-stage renal disease/hemodialysis, mechanical irritation or prolonged bedrest, and solid organ transplantation [7-10].
Some cases of Grover's disease have been associated with medications, such as sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, ribavirin, anastrozole, interleukin-4, cetuximab, and BRAF inhibitors, such as vemurafenib and dabrafenib [1,11-20]. (See "Cutaneous side effects of molecularly targeted therapy and other biologic agents used for cancer therapy", section on 'Vemurafenib and dabrafenib'.)To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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