Orf: case report and literature review
Christopher J. Huerter, MDAddress reprint requests to: C.J.H., Department of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, 601 North 30 Street Omaha, NE 68131
Ronald Stinson, MD
Ecthyma contagiosum, or orf, is an uncommon dermatosis resulting from cutaneous infection with sheep pox virus. It is generally a benign and self-limited condition. Early clinical recognition is paramount to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention or extensive diagnostic workup. Diagnosis is usually based on a clinically typical skin lesion, characteristic histology, and a history of sheep exposure. We report the case of an infected sheep farmer and review the literature.