Acute Hemorrhagic Edema of Infancy: Finkelstein's Disease

David Long, Klaus F. Helm

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Acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy (AHEI) is a benign form of leukocytoclastic vasculitis limited to the skin, which occurs in children younger than 2 years of age. The abrupt onset of fever, peripheral edema, and purpuric targetoid plaques in an infant may be confused with other dermatoses such as Henoch-Schönlein purpura, Sweet's syndrome, erythema multiforme, or septic vasculitis. Laboratory studies of patients with AHEI typically show normal results and the disorder follows a benign course with spontaneous resolution occurring in 1 to 3 weeks. We present a case of AHEI occurring in a 7-month-old boy and review the characteristic features of this acute dermatosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-284
Number of pages2
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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