Acne Fulminans

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Acne fulminans

Acne fulminans is a rare and very severe form of acne conglobata associated with systemic symptoms. It nearly always affects males.

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Acne fulminans

Clinical features

It is characterised by:

Although it mostly just happens, it may be precipitated by:

  • Testosterone (legally prescribed or illegally taken to enhance muscle growth)
  • Isotretinoin

The syndrome SAPHO (Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis and Osteitis) may be a serious complication of acne fulminans.

Management

Patients with acne fulminans should consult a dermatologist urgently. Management can prove difficult, and several medications are usually required. These may include: