Dermatology clinic

Grover’s disease

Bruce Tate



Mild cases of Grover’s disease (acantholytic dermatosis) do not need to be treated. If symptomatic, potent topical corticosteroids are usually effective but simple measures such as reducing overheating and sweating, using simple moisturisers, having short showers and avoiding soap will help.

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Case presentation

A 73-year-old man presented with a pruritic papular mildly scaly red rash on his trunk, particularly his back and chest (Figures 1a to c). This had developed six months earlier and had fluctuated in severity since but overall had slowly worsened.