Folliculocentric Herpes: A Clinicopathological Study of 28 Patients
Cutaneous herpetic eruptions can evoke a predominantly folliculocentric mononuclear cell reaction and vasculitis; there is an association with underlying endogenous and/or iatrogenic immune dysregulation. Most cases are secondary to reactivation of varicella zoster. The histomorphology suggests a role for cell-mediated immunity. Antigenic homology of an endogenous 72-kd heat shock protein in follicles with that of a herpetic heat shock protein, in concert with an intrafollicular proliferative response of γ-δ T lymphocytes, may explain the follicular localization and composition of the infiltrate.