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Definition

An autosomal dominant genodermatosis characterized by recurrent episodes of palmoplantar erythema and epidermal peeling presenting seasonal variation. KWE manifests during childhood. Skin lesions may spread to the dorsum of hands and feet and to the interdigital spaces. Lower legs, knees and thighs may also be involved. A less common finding is a slowly migratory, annular erythema that is seen mostly on the extremities. Between flares, the skin can appear unremarkable. Itching can occur, and hyperhidrosis, associated with a pungent odor, is invariably present. Formation of vesicles is rare, whereas keratolysis that causes the formation of dry blisters is regularly seen. Cold weather, moisture, febrile diseases, and physical and mental stress can trigger exacerbations. In severely affected individuals, skin manifestations persist unremittingly. Penetrance of the disease is high, but expressivity is variable, even within the same family.

Acronym

KWE

Synonyms

Erythrokeratolysis hiemalis
Oudtshoorn skin disease

 
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