The role of human herpes virus 6 and 7 in the pathogenesis of pityriasis rosea.

Yildirim M., Aridogan B., Baysal V., Inaloz H.

International journal of clinical practice, vol.58, no.2, pp.119-21, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Pityriasis rosea (PR) is an acute exanthematous inflammatory skin disease in which many epidemiological studies suggest a viral infection in its pathogenesis. Several viruses such as picornaviruses, parvoviruses and herpes viruses were accused as causative agents in PR. Human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) and HHV-7 are newly discovered members of herpesviridae family. Several diseases including roseola infantum and PR have been linked with HHV-6 and HHV-7 in dermatology. We aimed to investigate the role of HHV-6 and HHV-7 in the pathogenesis of PR. Blood samples from 35 patients with acute PR and 30 healthy volunteers were examined to obtain titres for HHV-6 and HHV-7 antibodies. Anti-HHV-6 and -HHV-7 immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibodies were detected by IFA. The high titres of anti-HHV-6 IgG were determined in four patients and anti-HHV-7 IgG in only two of four patients. In our study, we haven't found any significant relationship between HHV-6, HHV-7 and PR. Our results were supported with the data of several previous studies.