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The following are useful and informative articles about PRP. They provide clinical, research, and technical background information about PRP.


A systematic review of the literature on the treatment of pityriasis rubra pilaris type 1 with TNF-antagonists, G. Petrof et al., 2012. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.


Pityriasis rubra pilaris in Disorders of Keratinization: Follicular Keratoses, (Textbook of Dermatology, edited by Champion, 1992, chapter 30, pages 1358-1362). We are grateful to Blackwell Scientific, publishers of scientific and medical textbooks, for permission to publish this extract from the Textbook of Dermatology.

Provides a basic description of PRP including: Nomenclature; Aetiology; Pathology; Clinical features; Laboratory findings; Diagnosis; Treatment; and References.


Pityriasis rubra pilaris - The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dr. W.A.D. (Andrew) Griffiths. An edited version of the Dowling Oration lecture presented by Dr. Griffiths in Liverpool, England, 2003.

This article summarizes Dr. Griffiths' understanding and knowledge of PRP based on more than 35 years experience. This is an excellent historical and clinical overview.


Exfoliative Dermatitis, (American Academy of Family Physicians, February 1999).

PRP is one of many disorders classified as a form of exfoliative dermatitis (also known as erythroderma). This article discusses external causal factors and it includes a clinical overview for these disorders.


Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris: A Clinical Review, by Dr. David Jerard Pincus

Reprinted from Dermatology Nursing, 2005, Volume 17, Number 6, pp. 448-451. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Jannetti Publications, Inc., East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; Phone (856)256-2300; FAX (856)589-7463.


The Dermatology Online Journal has published a number of articles and case studies about PRP:


Photographs and Images of Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris (PRP)

Photographs and images of PRP are available by following the links below. These images may be helpful to compare with patient symptoms.


Dermatology Information Service (DermIS)


Dermatology Image Atlas, Johns Hopkins University.


Dermatologic Image Database, University of Iowa.


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