A du Vivier

King's College London, Londinium, England, United Kingdom

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Publications (92)346.08 Total impact

  • J R Hughes, M Newbould, A W du Vivier, A Greenough
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    ABSTRACT: A characteristic vasculitis is an uncommon but well-recognized complication of severe Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in the neonate. Although it is one of the most common gram-negative organisms responsible for overall nosocomial infection, it is a rare cause of intrauterine or intrapartum infection of the newborn. We describe a fatal Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection occurring in a very premature infant with widespread skin necrosis. Although this organism is relatively uncommon in the neonate, premature infants are at increased risk of infection, with a significant associated mortality. Early recognition and treatment are therefore very important.
    Pediatric Dermatology 01/2009; 15(2):122-4. · 1.04 Impact Factor
  • D A Buckley, E M Higgins, A W du Vivier
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    ABSTRACT: Alagille syndrome (arteriohepatic dysplasia) is a genetic disorder with autosomal dominant transmission which has been localized to chromosome 20p. Cutaneous manifestations include jaundice, pruritus, and widespread xanthomata. We report a child with severe Alagille syndrome in whom orthotopic liver transplantation caused rapid resolution of disfiguring xanthomas.
    Pediatric Dermatology 01/2009; 15(3):199-202. · 1.04 Impact Factor
  • D A Buckley, A W Du Vivier
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    ABSTRACT: Topical therapy using contact sensitizers has been practised since the 1960s to treat conditions associated with an altered immunological state. Dinitrochlorobenzene, squaric acid dibutyl ester and diphencyprone are most commonly employed in the therapy of alopecia areata and viral warts. Few dermatology departments in the U.K. provide such treatment. This systematic review discusses the various contact sensitizers used for topical immunotherapy, the methodology of treatment, factors influencing efficacy and likely adverse effects.
    British Journal of Dermatology 10/2001; 145(3):385-405. · 3.76 Impact Factor
  • F M Keane, S E Munn, N F Taylor, A W du Vivier
    British Journal of Dermatology 06/2001; 144(5):1095-6. · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe two patients, who presented with erythematous facial plaques, in keeping with neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis, during chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia. Both patients were neutropaenic and febrile. Histology showed a dermal neutrophilic infiltrate around the eccrine glands with gland destruction. The importance of recognizing this disorder is to prevent the inappropriate use of antibiotics as it is self limiting.
    Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 04/2001; 26(2):162-5. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tinea capitis should be considered in all adults with a patchy inflammatory scalp disorderTinea capitis (scalp ringworm) is uncommon after puberty. When it occurs in adults the clinical features may be atypical and this may delay the diagnosis.1 Unless the possibility of dermatophyte infection is considered, unnecessary investigations may be performed and inappropriate treatment prescribed, as illustrated in the four cases described below. Case reports Case 1 A 45 year old Afro-Caribbean woman had had an itchy pustular eruption of the scalp with associated hair loss for several months. Her general practitioner had treated it unsuccessfully with neomycin and gramicidin ointment and oral flucloxacillin and metronidazole. During this period the woman underwent lymph node aspiration and chest radiography because she had an enlarged but painless cervical lymph node. Cytological examination showed a mixed population of lymphocytes, indicating reactive changes; in addition, the surgical house officer observed that the woman had “quite a nasty rash on her scalp.” At the time of her referral to the dermatology clinic she had circumscribed areas of hair loss over the crown, with peripheral inflammation, pustules, and scaling (fig 1). Culture of bacterial swabs had negative results and a presumptive diagnosis …
    BMJ Clinical Research 06/2000; 320(7246):1389-90. · 14.09 Impact Factor
  • F J Child, L C Fuller, E M Higgins, A W Du Vivier
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    ABSTRACT: We recorded the diagnosis made in 461 black patients (187 children and 274 adults) attending a dermatology clinic between January and March 1996. In the childhood population, atopic eczema and tinea capitis were the most frequent dermatoses, comprising 63% of diagnoses recorded. In the adult population, acne and acne keloidalis nuchae were seen most frequently. Other conditions observed commonly were eczema, psoriasis, keloid scarring, pityriasis versicolor and postinflammatory changes. Our study demonstrates a wide spectrum of skin disease and includes disorders more common in black skin, disorders unique to black skin, those which present a greater cosmetic disability, and normal findings which have been mistaken for pathological disease.
    British Journal of Dermatology 10/1999; 141(3):512-7. · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recalcitrant viral warts are a troublesome therapeutic problem. Immunotherapy with the universal allergic contact sensitizer diphencyprone (DCP) has been used successfully in such cases. We have reviewed our experience of the use of DCP in the treatment of resistant hand and foot warts during an 8-year period. Sixty patients were sensitized to DCP during this time; the median duration of warts was 3 years. Twelve patients defaulted from treatment. Of the remaining 48 individuals, 42 (88%) cleared of all warts. The median number of treatments to clear was five (range one to 22) and the median time to clear was 5 months (range 0.5-14). Adverse effects occurred in 27 of 48 patients (56%), most commonly painful local blistering (n = 11), blistering at the sensitization site (n = 9), pompholyx-like reactions (n = 7) and eczematous eruptions (n = 4). Three of those who defaulted did so due to side-effects, one became pregnant and eight dropped out for unknown reasons. Three of the 48 patients who cleared or had at least six treatments also discontinued DCP therapy due to side-effects, but most tolerated treatment well. Twenty-five patients were followed up for periods of 1 month to 8 years (median 2 years) and none had a recurrence. DCP immunotherapy is an effective option for the treatment of recalcitrant viral warts but patients must be motivated to attend for sequential applications and must be warned about potential uncomfortable side-effects.
    British Journal of Dermatology 09/1999; 141(2):292-6. · 3.76 Impact Factor
  • British Journal of Dermatology 09/1999; 141(2):378-80. · 3.76 Impact Factor
  • D A Buckley, A W du Vivier
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    ABSTRACT: Topical immunotherapy of skin diseases has been used since the 1970s to treat conditions thought to result from an altered immunological state, mainly extensive alopecia areata and resistant viral warts. Despite its effectiveness, only a handful of dermatology departments in the UK currently provide such treatment. Any of three universal contact sensitisers may be used for topical immunotherapy; but diphencyprone (DCP) has advantages over dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) and squaric acid dibutyl ester (SADBE). Sensitisation of medical, nursing and pharmacy staff may be avoided by careful handling of the solutions. Local blistering and eczematous eruptions are the most common risks in patients undergoing treatment; vitiligo and erythema multiforme-like reactions are rare complications. Topical immunotherapy using DCP with close supervision is a useful option for severe alopecia areata and resistant viral warts.
    International Journal of Clinical Practice 04/1999; 53(2):130-7. · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether Chinese herbal creams used for the treatment of dermatological conditions contain steroids. 11 herbal creams obtained from patients attending general and paediatric dermatology outpatient clinics were analysed with high resolution gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Departments of dermatology and clinical biochemistry. Presence of steroid. Eight creams contained dexamethasone at a mean concentration of 456 micrograms/g (range 64 to 1500 micrograms/g). All were applied to areas of sensitive skin such as face and flexures. Greater regulation needs to be imposed on Chinese herbalists to prevent illegal and inappropriate prescribing of potent steroids.
    BMJ Clinical Research 03/1999; 318(7183):563-4. · 14.09 Impact Factor
  • E Higgins, A du Vivier
    Clinics in Dermatology 01/1999; 17(4):437-41. · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    E M Higgins, L C Fuller, A W du Vivier, D Tovey
    British Journal of General Practice 10/1997; 47(422):594. · 2.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: S-100, an acidic calcium-binding protein, is present within cells of neuroendocrine origin. Its value in the immunohistochemical diagnosis of tumours of melanocytic origin is well established. More recently, a potential role has been proposed for the serum concentration of this protein as a marker of metastatic melanoma disease activity. In the present study, the concentration of serum S-100 protein was measured in 97 patients with histologically proven malignant melanoma who were attending a dermatology and/or oncology department for the follow-up of their disease. Serum S-100 was also measured in 48 control subjects without malignant melanoma. The clinical stage of the patients was classified according to the criteria of the American Joint Committee on Cancer into stages I-IV. The median (range) serum S-100 protein concentration was significantly higher in stage I (0.11 (0.1-0.21) microgram/L, P < 0.001), stage II (0.11 (0.05-0.22) microgram/L, P < 0.001), stage III (0.24 (0.07-0.41) microgram/L, P < 0.0001) and stage IV (0.39 (0.06-15.0) microgram/L, P < 0.0001) compared with the control group (0.1 (0.05-0.15) microgram/L). At a threshold value of 0.2 microgram/L, the sensitivity and specificity for detection of advanced disease were 82% and 91%, respectively. Thus serum S-100 protein may be a valuable prognostic marker for malignant melanoma and for monitoring therapy. Serum S-100 protein concentration was also compared with the Breslow thickness of the tumours. There was a significant correlation between these variables (n = 72, rs = 0.32, P < 0.01). Combining a serum S-100 threshold value of > 0.22 microgram/L and a Breslow thickness of > 4 mm improved the sensitivity and specificity for the presence of secondary spread to 91% and 95%, respectively. Therefore, a combination of both baseline serum S-100 protein and Breslow thickness may provide a better indication of the prognosis at diagnosis.
    British Journal of Dermatology 09/1997; 137(3):381-5. · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is a recognized psychiatric morbidity among those who attend dermatology clinics. We aimed to determine the pattern of psychological and social problems among patients referred to a liaison psychiatrist within a dermatology clinic. Notes from 149 patients were reviewed and more detailed assessments performed in a subgroup of 32 consecutive referrals. All but 5% merited a psychiatric diagnosis. Of these, depressive illness accounted for 44% and anxiety disorders, 35%. Less common general psychiatric disorders included social phobia, somatization disorder, alcohol dependence syndrome, obsessive-convulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, anorexia nervosa, and schizophrenia. Classical disorders such as dermatitis artefacta and delusional hypochondriasis were uncommon. Commonly, patients presented with longstanding psychological problems in the context of ongoing social difficulties rather than following discrete precipitants. Psychiatric intervention resulted in clinical improvement in most of those followed up. Of the dermatological categories 1) exacerbation of preexisting chronic skin disease; 2) symptoms out of proportion to the skin lesion; 3) dermatological nondisease; 4) scratching without physical signs, the commonest were dermatological nondisease and exacerbation of chronic skin disease. Anxiety was common in those from all dermatological categories. Patients with dermatological nondisease had the highest prevalence of depression. Skin patients with significant psychopathology may go untreated unless referred to a psychiatrist. The presence of dermatological nondisease or symptoms out of proportion to the skin disease should particularly alert the physician to the possibility of underlying psychological problems.
    General Hospital Psychiatry 02/1997; 19(1):29-35. · 2.98 Impact Factor
  • L. C. Fuller, F. J. Child, E. M. Higgins, A. W. R du Vivier
    Melanoma Research - MELANOMA RES. 01/1997; 7(2).
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    Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 12/1996; 89(11):647-8. · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This prospective study was undertaken to determine whether the 2-mm punch biopsy technique yields specimens of sufficient size and quality to allow a reliable histological diagnosis to be made. A histopathological comparison was made between tissue obtained from a 2-mm punch biopsy and a standard ellipse biopsy taken from a wide range of dermatoses and benign and malignant skin tumours. In 79 of the 84 cases studied, the same histopathological diagnosis was reached with the 2-mm punch biopsy and the standard ellipse. Use of the 2-mm punch biopsy technique produces specimens which allow an accurate histological diagnosis to be made in a wide range of dermatological conditions. Skin biopsy techniques should ideally be quick and easy to perform, yielding specimens of high quality and adequate size while leaving the smallest possible tissue defect and a good cosmetic result. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the 2-mm punch biopsy with that of the standard ellipse biopsy technique in providing skin specimens which permit an accurate pathological diagnosis to be made.
    Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 02/1996; 21(1):11-13. · 1.33 Impact Factor
  • P Todd, P Norris, J L Hawk, A W Du Vivier
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 72-year-old male patient who developed a florid photosensitive eruption while on ranitidine therapy. Ultraviolet A sensitivity was detected by irradiation monochromator testing, suggesting drug-induced photosensitivity. Ranitidine was concluded to be the cause of his photosensitivity since the eruption resolved and the phototest abnormalities returned to normal following cessation of therapy. Similar cases have been reported to the Committee on Safety of Medicines but not published.
    Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 04/1995; 20(2):146-8. · 1.33 Impact Factor
  • C. Fuller, F Child, E. Higgins, A. du Vivier
    Melanoma Research - MELANOMA RES. 01/1995; 5(6).

Publication Stats

915 Citations
346.08 Total Impact Points


  • 1980–2009
    • King's College London
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom
  • 1979–1984
    • The Kings College
      Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • 1983
    • University Hospital Estaing of Clermont-Ferrand
      Clermont, Auvergne, France
  • 1978
    • Temple University
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States