November 1977

Infantile Psoriasis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(11):1266-1269. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120240084019

• We report 14 infants younger than 2 years of age with psoriasis vulgaris in order to call attention to the existence of infantile psoriasis. Three of the patients were noted to have psoriasis in the neonatal period; the onset may have been prenatal in one. In 13 of the 14 patients the site of onset was determined by the isomorphic effect (Köbners phenomenon). Although nail pitting is usually said to be infrequent in childhood psoriasis, 11 (79%) of our patients had typical psoriatic nail changes. Psoriasis must be considered in the differential diagnosis of papulosquamous disorders in infants.

(Am J Dis Child 131:1266-1269, 1977)