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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2005 April;140(2):155-9

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Childhood psoriasis: a case with linear distribution

Guarneri B., Scuderi R., Cannavò S. P.

Section of Dermatology Department of Territorial Social Medicine University of Messina, Messina, Italy


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Psoriasis in childhood is uncommon. Several exogenous and endogenous factors such as upper respiratory infection, stress, skin injury, and xerosis play important roles in the outcome of childhood psoriasis. We report the case of a 14 year-old girl who presented with erythematosquamous lesions, linearly distributed, on the left upper limb. The linear distribution can cause problems in differential diagnosis with other dermatoses having a similar disposition. In our case, the clinical picture and histological examination, showing a typical psoriatic pattern, was determinant for the diagnosis of linear psoriasis.

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