Dermatoses of pregnancy: nomenclature, misnomers, and myths

Danesh, Melissa, Pomeranz, Miriam Keltz, McMeniman, Erin and Murase, Jenny E. (2016) Dermatoses of pregnancy: nomenclature, misnomers, and myths. Clinics in Dermatology, 34 3: 314-319. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2016.02.002

Author Danesh, Melissa
Pomeranz, Miriam Keltz
McMeniman, Erin
Murase, Jenny E.
Title Dermatoses of pregnancy: nomenclature, misnomers, and myths
Journal name Clinics in Dermatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0738-081X
Publication date 2016-05
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2016.02.002
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 314
End page 319
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The most recent reclassification of dermatoses of pregnancy includes polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, atopic eruption of pregnancy, and pemphigoid gestationis; intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, strictly not a dermatosis, was included in specific dermatoses of pregnancy for working purposes. Another dermatosis, pustular psoriasis of pregnancy, could be included for similar reasons. The nomenclature of these pregnancy-specific eruptions has been revised several times, generating potential confusion among practitioners. Clouding the picture further are misnomers that have been used to describe dermatoses of pregnancy. In addition, several cutaneous conditions that are associated with, but not specific to, pregnancy, have been misunderstood, which has resulted in certain myths among patients and physicians. In this contribution, we describe how the nomenclature of each dermatosis of pregnancy has evolved to fit the current classification scheme. We then identify several misnomers that have generated confusion within the scheme. Finally, we debunk several myths that have developed around cutaneous conditions outside of this scheme, in both mother and newborn.
Keyword Dermatoses
Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy
Pustular psoriasis of pregnancy
Atopic eruption of pregnancy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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