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Dermatol Clin. 2008 Apr;26(2):285-94, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2007.11.006.

Skin tuberculosis in children: learning from India.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India.


Cutaneous tuberculosis in children is a major health problem in India. It accounts for about 1.5% of all the cases of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Scrofuloderma and lupus vulgaris are the two most common forms of tuberculosis. However, the trend in the pattern of cutaneous tuberculosis is changing, as the tuberculid, lichen scrofulosorum, has become more common in recent years. Overall, the clinical patterns are comparable with adults. However, children can have widespread and severe involvement because many unusual and uncommon patterns are known to occur in children. Underlying systemic involvement is more common in children, compared with adults.

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