Selected Dermatoses in Children of Color

January 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 1 | Case Reports | 78 | Copyright © January 2007

Roselyn E. Epps MD

Three conditions, erythema dyschromicum perstans (EDP), granulomatous periorificial dermatitis (GPD), and Kawasaki disease (KD) are seen more frequently in children of color. EDP and GPD are benign and self-limited dermatoses; therapy can shorten the course of the diseases. KD, a systemic vasculitis, can have life threatening cardiac consequences and timely therapy is essential. In all 3 conditions, clinicians should proceed with prompt and appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention when indicated. A case representing each condition is presented, followed by a discussion.