Allergic contact dermatitis is a challenging diagnostic problem in children. Although epicutaneous patch testing is the diagnostic standard for confirmation of contact sensitization, it is less used in children by dermatologists treating children, pediatric dermatologists, and pediatricians, when compared with adult practitioners.
The aim of the study was to create and evaluate standardization of a pediatric patch test series for children older than 6 years.
We surveyed dermatologists and allergists conducting epicutaneous patch testing in children attending the 2017 American Contact Dermatitis Society meeting held in Washington, DC. This was followed by discussion of collected data and consensus review by a pediatric contact dermatitis working group at the conference.
A baseline pediatric patch test panel was established through working group consensus.
From the *Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston;
†Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC;
‡Department of Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
§Department of Dermatology, Stanford University, Redwood City, CA;
∥Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA;
¶Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine;
#Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA;
**Department of Dermatology, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO;
††Department of Dermatology, Metro-Health Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH;
‡‡Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis;
§§Department of Dermatology, Mt Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY;
∥∥Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine;
¶¶Department of Allergy and Immunology, The Toledo Clinic, OH;
##Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; and
***Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA.
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The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.