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Psoriasis in children: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis

Authors
Amy S Paller, MD
Emily Broun Lund, MD
Section Editors
Kristina Callis Duffin, MD
Moise L Levy, MD
Deputy Editor
Abena O Ofori, MD

INTRODUCTION

Psoriasis is a systemic, immune-mediated disease that is most often characterized by well-demarcated, erythematous plaques with adherent, micaceous scale. The onset of psoriasis can occur during childhood or adulthood.

Chronic plaque psoriasis is the most common clinical form of psoriasis in children; guttate, pustular, and erythrodermic psoriasis are additional presentations. Certain distributions of plaque psoriasis are more common in children than adults, including involvement of the face, scalp, and intertriginous skin. Psoriatic diaper rash (also known as "napkin psoriasis") can be the initial manifestation of psoriasis in infants and young children.

The epidemiology, clinical features, comorbidities, and diagnosis of psoriasis in children will be reviewed here. Detailed discussions of specific clinical variants of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis in children, and the management of psoriasis in children are provided separately.

(See "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of psoriasis".)

(See "Guttate psoriasis".)

                     
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