Dermatoses of pregnancy

Dermatoses of pregnancy are the inflammatory skin diseases that are specific to women while they are pregnant.[1] While some use the term 'polymorphic eruption of pregnancy' to cover these,[2] this term is a synonym used in the UK for Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy,[3] which is the commonest of these skin conditions.[1]

Dermatoses of pregnancy
SpecialtyDermatology, obstetrics

Skin diseases seen during pregnancy include:[1][4][5][6]

Frequency[7]Onset in pregnancy[7]Condition
49.7%EarlyEczema in pregnancy
21.6%LatePruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy
Saudi Arabia[8]
Late[8]Impetigo herpetiformis
4.2%LateGestational pemphigoid also termed pemphigoid gestationis, and previously called herpes gestationis
3%LateIntrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy may also be included in this list.[1]
0.8%EarlyPrurigo gestationis
0.2%EarlyPruritic folliculitis of pregnancy
 LateSpangler's Papular dermatitis of pregnancy
  Linear IgM dermatosis of pregnancy

See also


  1. Tunzi M, Gray GR (January 2007). "Common skin conditions during pregnancy". Am Fam Physician. 75 (2): 211–8. PMID 17263216.
  2. James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. Page 470-471. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  3. Matz H, Orion E, Wolf R (Mar–Apr 2006). "Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy: polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PUPPP)". Clin Dermatol. 24 (2): 105–8. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2005.10.010. PMID 16487883.
  4. Holmes RC, Black MM (March 1983). "The specific dermatoses of pregnancy". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 8 (3): 405–12. doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(83)70046-0. PMID 6833540.
  5. Callen JP (June 1984). "Pregnancy's effects on the skin. Common and uncommon changes". Postgrad Med. 75 (8): 138–45. PMID 6728733.
  6. Sodhi VK, Sausker WF (January 1988). "Dermatoses of pregnancy". Am Fam Physician. 37 (1): 131–8. PMID 3276095.
  7. Ambros-Rudolph CM, Müllegger RR, Vaughan-Jones SA, Kerl H, Black MM (March 2006). "The specific dermatoses of pregnancy revisited and reclassified: results of a retrospective two-center study on 505 pregnant patients". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 54 (3): 395–404. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.12.012. PMID 16488288.
  8. Yap FBB (4 June 2008). "Impetigo herpetiformis: A case report and review of literature". Egyptian Dermatology Online Journal. 1 (4). ISSN 1687-3831. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
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