GENETICS OF VASCULAR MALFORMATION AND THERAPEUTIC IMPLICATIONS: Edited by Joyce M.C. TengRecommendations for photoprotection in pediatric rheumatology patientsDayrit-Castro, Carmelaa,b,∗; Tantuco, Kimberlya,b,∗; Lara-Corrales, Irenea,bAuthor Information aDepartment of Pediatrics, University of Toronto bSection of Dermatology, Division of Paediatric Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Correspondence to Irene Lara-Corrales, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Staff Physician, Pediatric Dermatology, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G1X8, Canada. E-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Pediatrics: August 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 491-497 doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000798 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Patients seen at pediatric rheumatology are at increased risk of immediate and long-term consequences from sun exposure. The objective of this review is to build awareness of the need of sun protection in pediatric rheumatology patients. Recent findings Sun exposure can lead to disease exacerbations in many rheumatic diseases. There is well documented literature linking the chronic use of immunosuppressants with long-term risk of skin cancer. Although there is a lack of literature in pediatric rheumatology addressing the need of sun protection in this patient population, the young age of patients, the nature of their disease and the treatments they receive, make them a high-risk population for the effects of the sun. Summary Sun protection recommendations are outlined in the following manuscript, backed up by the rationale and biology of why it is important for pediatric rheumatology patients to be protected from the sun. The information reviewed in this article should be part of the education that all pediatric rheumatology patients should receive as part of their care. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.