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Erythrodermic psoriasis in adults

Jason E Hawkes, MD
Kristina Callis Duffin, MD
Section Editor
Jeffrey Callen, MD, FACP, FAAD
Deputy Editor
Abena O Ofori, MD


Erythrodermic psoriasis is an uncommon, severe variant of psoriasis that is characterized by widespread erythema of the skin. Patients with this psoriasis subtype typically present with erythema involving more than 75 percent of the body surface area and associated scale, pustules, or exfoliation of the skin (picture 1A-C).

Recognition of this potentially life-threatening form of psoriasis is imperative. A detailed history and thorough evaluation of the patient are necessary to establish a diagnosis and rule out conditions that closely mimic erythrodermic psoriasis. (See "Erythroderma in adults" and "Neonatal and infantile erythroderma".)

The clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of erythrodermic psoriasis will be discussed here. Other variants of psoriasis are reviewed separately.

(See "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of psoriasis".)

(See "Treatment of psoriasis".)


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