Brief Academic Review and Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis

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Author(s): Yue Bo Yang, Amir Gohari, Joseph Lam*

Journal Name: Current Pediatric Reviews

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In this clinical guidelines article, we first include a brief review of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical diagnoses, and scoring-scales for pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD). We then offer a set of pharmacologic treatment guidelines for infants and toddlers (<2 years), children (2-12 years), and adolescents (>12 years). We recommend irritant avoidance and liberal emollient usage as the cornerstone of treatment in all age-groups. In infants <2 years, we recommend topical corticosteroids as first-line medication-based therapy. In infants as young as 3 months, pimecrolimus, a topical calcineurin inhibitor may also be used. As a last resort in patients <2 years, non-traditional therapies, such as the Aron regime, may be a safer option for refractory or resistant AD before off-label medications are considered. In children and adolescents >2 years, topical corticosteroids are still considered first-line therapies, but there is sufficient safety data to utilize topical calcineurin inhibitors and topical PDE4 inhibitors as well. In children ages 2-12 years whose atopic dermatitis fails to respond to prior treatments, oral systemic immunosuppressants can be used. For adolescents >12, the biologic, dupilumab, is an additional therapeutic option. A trial of phototherapy may also be utilized in children, particularly in adolescents >12 years if they have access to treatment. Although not currently approved for the treatment of AD, Janus-kinase (JAK) inhibitors represent a promising new class of biologics with recently completed phase III clinical trials (JADE-MONO1/2).

Keywords: Pediatrics, Atopic Dermatitis, Guideline, Treatment, Review, Dupilumab

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Published on: 20 August, 2020
(E-pub Ahead of Print)
DOI: 10.2174/1573396316999200820163434
Price: $95

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