yellow lesions

Yellow and yellow-brown papules and plaques: Differentiating look-alikes in children’s dermatology


Lauren Schock, BSc, MD Program,1 Joseph M. Lam, MD, FRCPC,2

1Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
2Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Member, Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.


Abstract: Yellow-hued papules and plaques in children can be difficult to differentiate as many causes are rare and may not be frequently outside of specialty pediatric dermatology settings. We will review some of the common and concerning yellow-brown papules and plaques found in infants and children and discuss appearance and distribution, pathophysiology, associated findings, and management.
Key Words: dermatology, pediatric, yellow lesions.
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