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Topical Steroid Withdrawal: A Case Series of 10 Children

Belinda Sheary
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-3144

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Concerns about topical steroid withdrawal are causing some patients to cease long-term topical corticosteroid therapy, however, little is known about the ensuing clinical outcomes. This qualitative case series studied 10 children whose parents stopped their chronic topical corticosteroid use and subsequently developed features typically reported in adults experiencing topical steroid withdrawal. Patients were seen in an Australian general practice between April 2014 and October 2018, with follow-up periods ranging from 18 months to 4 years. Symptoms were difficult initially for the children and their families, however, all ultimately improved. At the final review, 4 of the children had clear skin and another 4 had symptoms consistent with their original, pre-treatment atopic dermatitis. More research is required into long-term topical corticosteroid use and its discontinuation, including topical steroid withdrawal, particularly in the pediatric population.

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