Pigmented purpuric dermatosis in children: a retrospective cohort with emphasis on treatment and outcomes

A. Ollech*, A. S. Paller, L. Kruse, B. Kenner-Bell, S. Chamlin, A. Wagner, L. Shen, R. Yousif, L. C. Balmert, A. J. Mancini

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Background: Data regarding the course and treatment of pigmented purpuric dermatoses (PPD) in the paediatric population are limited. Although treatments for pigmented purpura are not well established, vitamin C and rutoside have been reported to be an effective treatment option and are widely utilized. Objective: To assess the clinical course and utility of vitamin C and rutoside in paediatric patients with PPD treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago between 2008 and 2018. Methods: A retrospective review of all children with PPD managed at our hospital between 2008 and 2018 was performed. Additional follow-up was obtained via telephone interviews. Results: A total of 101 patients met inclusion criteria. The female: male ratio was 1.3 : 1, and the median age at diagnosis was 8.8 years (IQR, 5.7–12.9). Median follow-up was 7.13 months (IQR, 3–17.4). The most common PPD subtypes were lichen aureus (43%) and Schamberg (34%). Fifty-three (52%) patients had evaluable follow-up documentation via their medical record or phone questionnaire. Twenty-eight patients were treated with vitamin C or rutoside or combination therapy. Twenty-five patients received no treatment. Clearance of the rash was noted in 24 (45.3%) patients overall, including 10 (42%) patients in the treated group and 14 (58%) patients in the untreated group. Recurrence was noted in seven (13.2%) patients. Treatment with vitamin C and/or rutoside was well tolerated without side effects. None of the patients were subsequently diagnosed with vasculitis, coagulopathy or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Conclusion: Pigmented purpuric dermatosis in children is a benign disorder with high rates of complete resolution. Treatment with vitamin C and rutoside is well tolerated, but in this cohort, there did not appear to be an advantage over watchful waiting without therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2402-2408
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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