Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp–a manifestation of Hailey-Hailey disease in a predisposed individual?

Br J Dermatol. 1992 Mar;126(3):294-6.


Department of Dermatology, Slade Hospital, Oxford, U.K.


A 59-year-old man was found to have typical Hailey-Hailey disease of the back, neck and axillae. In addition, he had fine white scaling in the scalp and postauricular areas. Despite the clinical appearance of seborrhoeic dermatitis, a biopsy of his scalp showed prominent suprabasal epidermal separation with acantholysis. We propose that in a genetically predisposed individual, Hailey-Hailey disease can assume atypical and non-specific appearances.

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