What are the signs and symptoms of transient acantholytic dermatosis (Grover disease)?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Clay J Cockerell, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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One of the hallmarks of transient acantholytic dermatosis (Grover disease) is pruritus, and all individuals who are affected experience variable degrees of itching, sometimes severe in nature.

The clinical appearance does not always correlate to the degree of pruritus; for example, some patients with limited cutaneous disease complain of severe itching, whereas others with many lesions have few or no symptoms.

While lesions may resolve over weeks to months, they commonly recur. It is also possible for lesions to bleed.

No systemic symptoms are associated with transient acantholytic dermatosis (Grover disease), but oral lesions can develop that resemble aphthae and may be slightly painful. [10]


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