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An eDelphi study conducted by the University of Nottingham and the International Psoriasis Council identified list of expert-agreed criteria for the diagnosis of plaque psoriasis in children. A diagnostic accuracy study is underway to test individual and combinations of major diagnostic criteria that are most predictive of pediatric psoriasis. Ruth Murphy, an author of this publication, serves as an IPC Councilor.


Psoriasis in children can be a challenging diagnosis: the clinical presentation is often more subtle, may occur in covered sites and can be an unexpected diagnosis as psoriasis if often thought to occur at older ages. Poor recognition and delayed diagnosis of psoriasis in children can lead to inadequate treatment and lack of monitoring for comorbidities including juvenile psoriatic arthritis. Diagnostic criteria would help both clinical practice and clinical research, but to date none are available. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Burden-Teh E, Thomas KS, Gran S, Murphy R. Development of clinical diagnostic criteria for plaque psoriasis in children: An eDelphi consensus study with the International Psoriasis Council. Br J Dermatol. 2019 Apr 10. doi: 10.1111/bjd.17994. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30972744. 

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