Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: This study aimed to evaluate the demographic, clinical, and epidemiological features of pityriasis rosea (PR) in a cohort of 46 children in Yozgat, a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. Materials and methods: Forty-six children with PR were monitored at regular intervals (1, 2, 4, and 12 weeks) for 3 months from the time of diagnosis. A complete evaluation of the patient was performed at each visit. Results: The average age of patients at time of diagnosis was 12 ± 3.9 years. Cases were most common in the winter (rainy, snowy months; n = 14, 31%). Fifteen patients had a medical history significant for the presence of upper respiratory tract infection, while skin PR manifestations were preceded by drug intake in a second group of 15 patients. The presence of a herald patch was observed in 78.3% of patients, most frequently on the trunk (n = 23). Pruritus occurred in 75% of patients. Median PR duration was 3 weeks (range: 1-20 weeks). Conclusion: The course of PR is similar in Turkish children and adults. The high prevalence of pruritus in children with PR in Turkey was also significant. Further evaluation of this finding comparing adults and children is now required.


Children, clinical features, pityriasis rosea

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