Concerns relating to the skin are common reasons for parents to seek medical
carefor their children. Data from several sources indicate that up to 20% of child
visits to pediatricians or family physicians involve a dermatologic problem, either
as the primary reason for the visit, a secondary concern, or an incidental ﬁnding on
physical examination. The volume of skin-related concerns and the supply-demand
crunch for dermatologic referrals mandate that primary care physicians who care for
children are prepared to recognize, diagnose, and treat common cutaneous disorders.
This guide was designed to be a practical, easy-to-use tool for the busy practitioner.
It is not an exhaustive reference; instead it provides a concise summary of the most
common dermatologic disorders, with a standardized format that includes a brief
background, physical ﬁndings, diagnostic modalities, and treatment approaches.
Each chapter includes a useful “Look-alikes” table to assist in diﬀerential diagnosis
and, when applicable, a “Resources for Families” section, which provides links to
patient information and/or support groups. Chapters to help enhance skills in
recognizing and describing skin disorders, performing and interpreting diagnostic
tests, and managing skin disease also are included. The accompanying color
photographs have been selected to illustrate some cardinal features of each disorder.
In this second edition, we have added some new sections, updated the text
throughout, supplied new links to useful patient resources, and replaced or
added numerous clinical images.
We hope this guide continues to fulﬁll an important need for the pediatric
practitioner who wants a quick dermatology reference.
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