A case of erythema multiforme associated with primary Epstein-Barr virus infection

Hidetaka Nakai, Ken Sugata, Chie Usui, Yoshizo Asano, Takashi Yamakita, Kayoko Matsunaga, Yoshikazu Mizokuchi, Harutaka Katano, Keiji Iwatsuki, Tetsushi Yoshikawa

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We present a case of primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection with erythema multiforme. A 1-year-old Japanese boy presented with skin eruptions, including typical target lesions and a low-grade fever. Just before the skin biopsy, 95 copies/μg DNA of EBV genome was detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which subsequently increased to 6,834 copies/μg DNA. Skin tissue collected from the skin lesion showed the typical pathologic findings of erythema multiforme. EBV-encoded small nuclear RNA signals were not detected in the skin tissue by in situ hybridization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dermatology


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