Pustular Psoriasis (cont.)
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Prognosis of Pustular Psoriasis
Complications may include the following:
The von Zumbusch type (with fever and toxicity) can cause death if it is not treated during the acute phase. The heart or lungs may fail and cause death, but this usually only happens in untreated people. Older people with the von Zumbusch type of pustular psoriasis have a poor prognosis.
Occasionally, acute respiratory distress syndrome can complicate generalized pustular psoriasis. People who have typical psoriasis before they experience a generalized pustular episode tend to do better than people with unusual forms of psoriasis before the pustular flare-up.
Children tend to recover well as long as serious skin infections are avoided.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/8/2014
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