Efficacy of ribavirin in a case of long lasting and disabling Gianotti-Crosti syndrome

Vijay Zawar, Antonio Chuh
Journal of Dermatological Case Reports 2008 December 27, 2 (4): 63-6

BACKGROUND: Gianotti-Crosti syndrome, also known as papular acrodermatitis of childhood, is an acrally distributed papular eruption occurring mostly in infants and young children.

MAIN OBSERVATIONS: A six-year-old girl presented to us with four-month history of a generalized intensely pruritic rash, clinically consistent with Gianotti-Crosti syndrome, following a febrile illness with common cold symptoms. Clinical remission was not achieved despite of several medications. With reluctance and parent's informed consent, we commenced a course of oral ribavirin syrup at a dose of 300mg daily for five days. Dramatic symptomatic remission was noted five days later.

CONCLUSION: Further studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of ribavirin in Gianotti-Crosti syndrome.

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