Chinese Journal of Dermatology ›› 2023, e20210803.doi: 10.35541/cjd.20210803

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Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp

Chen Qitao1, Li Yuqian1, Shao Guanghui1, Zhu Jing1, Zhu Qilin1, Li Zhongming1, Du Xufeng1, Fan Weixin2   

  1. 1Wuxi People′s Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, Wuxi 214000, Jiangsu, China; 2Department of Dermatology and Venereology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210029, China
  • Received:2021-11-05 Revised:2022-03-19 Online:2023-01-05 Published:2023-01-04
  • Contact: Du Xufeng
  • Supported by:
    Wuxi Taihu High?level Talent Training Program (HB2020011); Wuxi Health Commission Scientific Research Project (M202025)

Abstract: 【Abstract】 Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS) is a rare superficial skin inflammatory disease that occurs on the scalp, and its pathogenesis is still unclear. Its clinical manifestations are similar to those of infectious inflammation and malignant tumors, and its diagnosis is highly dependent on non-specific pathological changes, so the diagnosis is relatively difficult. Clinically, topical glucocorticoids are the main treatment method, but treatment outcomes vary greatly among individuals, and patients with refractory EPDS need other treatment methods. EPDS generally requires long-term topical glucocorticoids, and adverse drug reactions are common. This review summarizes research progress in EPDS in recent years, in order to improve clinicians′ understanding of this disease.

Key words: Scalp dermatoses, Pathologic processes, Diagnosis, differential, Therapy, Erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp, Etiology, Pathogenesis