September 1986

Knuckle Pads in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Rush-Presbyterian–St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago (Dr Paller), and University of Texas Medical Branch at Houston (Dr Hebert).

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(9):915-917. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140230085039

• Knuckle pads occur from benign thickening of the skin, principally the epidermis, and are occasionally seen in children. Despite the name, knuckle pads most commonly overlie the proximal interphalangeal joints. They must be differentiated from a variety of other cutaneous abnormalities. There is no consistently effective treatment, but knuckle pads have been reported to resolve spontaneously in children.

(AJDC 1986;140:915-917)