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Juvenile plantar dermatosis
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Juvenile plantar dermatosis

Contributors: Nnenna Agim MD, FAAD, Susan Burgin MD
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Juvenile plantar dermatosis is a localized desquamative scaling and fissuring dermatitis of the plantar surface seen in children, most commonly between the ages of 8 and 13 years. The condition is more frequently encountered in atopic children (with one study showing atopy in approximately 80% of affected children).

Juvenile plantar dermatosis is thought to be caused by repeated maceration followed by drying, inducing impairment of the superficial epidermis. Flares are episodic and last 1-2 weeks. Additionally, contact dermatitis has been reported in many of these patients (41% of patients with juvenile plantar dermatosis in one cohort).


L98.8 – Other specified disorders of the skin and subcutaneous tissue

238590000 – Juvenile plantar dermatosis

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Last Reviewed:08/03/2021
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Juvenile plantar dermatosis
A medical illustration showing key findings of Juvenile plantar dermatosis : Macerated skin, Taut, shiny skin, Thick scaly plaque, Plantar feet
Clinical image of Juvenile plantar dermatosis - imageId=1091062. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'Extensive scaly pink plaques on the soles and plantar aspects of the toes.'
Extensive scaly pink plaques on the soles and plantar aspects of the toes.
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