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Nutrition. 2013 Nov-Dec;29(11-12):1426-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2013.05.020.

Pellagra in a child--a rare entity.

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  • 1Department of Dermotology, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Medical Sciences and Hospital. Electronic address:


This case has been presented as pellagra, which is very rare in children. Pellagra is due dietary deficiency of niacin. Usually seen in alcoholics, malabsorption syndromes occur very rarely in children. A 11-y-old girl presented with well-defined, hyperpigmented, hyperkeratotic, symmetrical, thick scaly plaques surrounded by erythema on the dorsum of the hands, arms, feet, legs up to knees, and along the sides of the neck. The child was given 100 mg of Nicotinamide. Skin lesions resolved rapidly with the treatment and the child improved.

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