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Paediatric recurrent herpetic whitlow
  1. Ramnik Patel1,2,
  2. Hemant Kumar3,
  3. Bharat More4,
  4. Mario Patricolo5
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Urology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Urology, Great Ormond Street Children Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Paediatric Surgery, LRI, Leicester, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatric Surgery, QMC, Nottingham, UK
  5. 5Department of Paediatric Urology, RMCH, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ramnik Patel, ramnik{at}


We present a case of recurrent painful blisters of middle phalanx of the left ring finger of a 15-month-old previously healthy and immunocompetent female child. These lesions initially were confused with infective bacterial whitlow, treated with incision and drainage, and later with cigarette burns which led to referral to child protection team. Paediatric dermatologist finally diagnosed after scrapping and virology culture. The patient had recovery following full treatment with topical and systemic acyclovir. She presented again at the age of 4 with recurrence which required topical and systemic acyclovir therapy with good recovery. It is important to be aware of the danger of incorrect diagnosis, raising child protection concerns and management leading to danger of cross infection and serious illness especially in the immunocompromised patients.

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