A case of hand-foot-mouth disease in an immunocompetent adult

Jung U. Shin, Sang Ho Oh, Ju Hee Lee

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Hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease is primarily a disease of children, although it can be seen in immunocompromised adults. We describe a case of HFM disease in a 35-year-old immunocompetent male. He presented with multiple, 1-2 mm sized, erythematous vesicular papules on both hands and feet. Histopathological findings of a skin biopsy showed superficial perivascular lymphocytic infiltration, focal keratinocyte necrosis, and reticular degeneration. Because delayed diagnosis can cause spread of the disease to children, dermatologists should be aware that HFM disease can occur in adults with intact immune systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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