Jeff Yu, MD – Massachusetts General Hospital
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction. Detection of through patch testing and avoidance of offending allergens are important for resolution of dermatitis. This condition has been underrecognized in children as this was once thought to be rare in children. The true incidence of ACD in children remains unknown due to limited published studies. However, recent data demonstrate the prevalence of ACD in children to be as high as 24%, similar to rates reported in adults. In 2018, a multi-center, prospective pediatric ACD registry was initiated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in efforts to gather data on the incidence and prevalence of ACD and identify evolving trends of allergen sensitization in children (<18 years old) in North America.
Eight academic medical centers across North America have joined this registry. We welcome new collaborators. Data collection is underway across sites. We anticipate on publishing our study findings in July 2020 and every two years thereafter.