xiii Foreword Concerns relating to the skin are common reasons for parents to seek medical care for their children. Data from several sources indicate that up to 20% of child visits to pediatricians or family physicians involve a dermatologic prob- lem 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 originally designed to be a practical, easy-to-use tool for the busy practitioner, and we hope that this fourth edition continues to meet these goals. It is not an exhaustive reference instead, it provides a concise summary of many 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 that provides links to patient information 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 cardi- nal features of each disorder. In this edition, we have added new chapters on cercarial dermatitis, confluent and reticulated papillomatosis, ectodermal dys- plasia, hyperhidrosis, pilomatricoma, pityriasis rubra pilaris, Spitz nevus, and subcutaneous fat necrosis. We have also updated the text throughout, supplied new links to useful patient resources, and added or replaced numerous clinical images. We hope this guide continues to fulfill an important need for the pediatric practitioner who wants a quick dermatology reference. A.J.M. D.P.K. ch00-PedDerm_FM_i-xvi.indd 13 8/31/20 9:55 AM
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