Atopic dermatitis in children and adolescents L20.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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see below eczema atopic

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  • Multifactorial, chronically persistent or chronically recurring inflammatory skin diseases of varying degrees of severity, which belong to the group of atopic diseases and which arise due to complex interactions of plant and environmental factors.
  • In the individual stages of life topographically and morphologically differently pronounced disease pattern:
    • Occurs in infancy and toddlers (rather polytopic), usually localized on the tract side, depending on the acuteity also weeping.
    • In schoolchildren and adolescents, it occurs mainly as "flexural eczema", but also disseminated and generalised.

Clinical features
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Mostly pronounced sebostasis with chronic, lichenified areas of the atopic eczema. The eczema foci are increasingly shifting to the flexion side.

Predilection sites are the face, neck and back of the neck.

With increasing age, lichenification and localisation increase. Preferred eczema sites are those in the area of the large joint bends (hollow of the knee and elbows). Furthermore, skin changes occur in the face and neck. In addition, hand eczema becomes more and more disabling.

It is not uncommon to have superimposed, complicated pyoderma, which dominate the clinical picture with weeping and scaly plaques.

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In the 2nd year of life atopic eczema improves in 60-70% of cases.

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For aetiopathogenesis, therapy, therapy see below eczema atopic (overview)

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020