Higher risk of mental disorder in pediatric patients with AD

Investigators in a recent study aimed to determine which mental disorders affect pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and compare them with the risk of their siblings without skin conditions.

In a prospective cross-sectional study, they used an instrument to assess the risk of mental disorders in pediatric patients with AD compared to their siblings from September 2016 to June 2018. The assessment instrument used to assess the risk of mental disorders in patients with AD was the child behavior checklist. (CBCL). The Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test, Pearson’s χ2 test with Yates’ correction and Fisher’s exact test were used, considering a significance level of 5%, the article continues.

The risk of mental disorders in pediatric patients with AD was found to be 63% compared to 36% in healthy siblings (p

“Children and adolescents with AD are at high risk for [mental disorders]and their healthy siblings also show impaired mental health,” the authors concluded. “In both cases, this alteration is greater than expected in the general Brazilian pediatric population (24.6%) and the global pediatric population (22.4%).”


Muzzolon, Muzzolon SRB, Lima M, Canato M, Carvalho VO. Mental disorders and atopic dermatitis in children and adolescents. Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2021;38(6):1099-1104. doi:10.5114/ada.2021.112280

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