Systemic treatments for severe pediatric psoriasis: a practical approach

Dermatol Clin. 2013 Apr;31(2):267-88. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2012.12.005.


Severe psoriasis is uncommon in children, but when it occurs, can be physically, emotionally and socially disabling. Systemic treatments such as phototherapy, acitretin, methotrexate and cyclosporine have been used to manage severe pediatric psoriasis for decades. Newer biologic agents have demonstrated their effectiveness in adult psoriasis and are accumulating promising data in children. This article discusses the use of these treatments including their indications, efficacy, adverse effects, and monitoring requirements. The aim is to provide practical, clinically relevant information regarding the use of these medications alone and in various combinations based on available evidence and cumulative experience.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Humans
  • Phototherapy / methods*
  • Psoriasis / psychology
  • Psoriasis / therapy*
  • Severity of Illness Index*


  • Biological Products
  • Dermatologic Agents