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Pediatric Plaque Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, nails and joints.
1- Pediatric Plaque Psoriasis affects about 3.5% to 8% of the global population.
2- It is a chronic relapsing condition affecting the quality of life and impacts social development.


According to the extent of involvement, the disease may be mild, moderate or severe.

Mild = <3 % of the body is involved

Moderate =3 to 10% of the body is involved

Severe = >10% of the body is involved


The diagnosis is based on the clinical manifestations. An itchy, painful, reddish rash is seen. In infants, a rash around the diaper area is common whereas in older children, scaly and itchy patches are found more commonly on the scalp.

It is associated with other conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension etc. making early diagnosis important.3


  1. Augustin M, Glaeske G, Radtke MA, Christophers E, Reich K, Schäfer I. Epidemiology and comorbidity of psoriasis in children. British Journal of Dermatology. 2010 Mar;162(3):633-6.
  2. Christophers E. Psoriasis− epidemiology and clinical spectrum. Clinical and experimental dermatology. 2001 Jun;26(4):314-20.
  3. Bronckers IM, Paller AS, Van Geel MJ, Van de Kerkhof PC, Seyger MM. Psoriasis in children and adolescents: diagnosis, management and comorbidities. Pediatric Drugs. 2015 Oct 1;17(5):373-84.