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Dermatology and Pregnancy

  • Gilvan Ferreira Alves
  • Vanessa Teixeira Zanetti
  • Rômulo Mateus Fonseca Viegas
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Abstract

Cutaneous manifestations during pregnancy can be divided into physiologic and pathologic, resulting from many changes in the mother’s body. They encompass physiologic changes, dermatoses affected by the gestational condition, and dermatoses of the gestational period per se. The names and classification of these dermatoses have gone through many changes over the years, and recently were all simplified and summarized into the pregnancy-specific dermatoses: pemphigoid gestationis, polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, and atopic eruption of pregnancy. Pregnancy has a tendency to affect the course of the immunomediated diseases, with improvement in most of the cases, such as psoriasis, and worsening of other diseases, such as pemphigus, dermatopolymyositis, and lupus erythematosus. A watchful diagnosis and patient follow-up are crucial for treatment aimed at the prevention of maternal and fetal complications.

Keywords

Cholestasis, Intrahepática Dermatitis, Atopic Skin diseases Pregnancy Complications Diagnosis Therapeutics 

Notes

Glossary

Dermatosis

Any disease of the skin.

Eczema

An inflammatory condition of the skin attended with itching and the exudation of serous matter.

Histocompatibility

The condition of having antigenic similarities such that cells or tissues transplanted from one (the donor) to another (the recipient) are not rejected.

Immune complex

Aggregate of an antigen and its specific antibody.

Microabrasion

Technique used in removing surface stains, using abrasive or erosive substances.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilvan Ferreira Alves
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vanessa Teixeira Zanetti
    • 3
  • Rômulo Mateus Fonseca Viegas
    • 4
  1. 1.London UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Private PracticeBrasíliaBrazil
  3. 3.Hospital Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte – SCBH (MG)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.Division of Plastic Surgery, Fhemig (MG)São PauloBrazil

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