Erythema Dyschromicum Perstans in Prepubertal Children

Nanette B. Silverberg*, Joshua Herz, Annette Wagner, Amy S. Paller

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Erythema dyschromicum perstans (EDP) is a rare disorder of pigmentation that is most common in Hispanic patients. In adults, EDP has a slow onset and is unlikely to resolve spontaneously. The etiology and clinical course in children is poorly defined. Physical examinations, chart reviews, and telephone interviews were performed for eight pediatric patients with EDP who were followed at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago between 1990 and 1998. All the patients available for long-term follow-up (five of the eight) experienced complete clearance without recurrence in an average of 2.5 years. In all of our patients, the onset was noted from July to December. The administration of aminopenicillins was coincident with the development of EDP in two of the patients. Review of the English-language literature reveals that 25 prepubertal children have previously been reported. Including our patients, 69% of prepubertal children with EDP experienced resolution. We concluded that the clinical course of childhood (prepubertal) EDP differs from that of adult EDP, and it is more likely to resolve within 2-3 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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