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Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome

March 2021 | Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania - Podcast

The medical director of the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania, Kishore Vellody, MD, hosts a podcast that focuses on a wide range of issues related to Down syndrome. In the video episodes linked below, he interviewed Jillian Rork, MD, a dermatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Both Dr. Vellody and Dr. Rork are members of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA. Dr. Rork provided an overview of common skin conditions and shared tips for managing the conditions. 

Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome - Part One opens in new window

Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome - Part Two opens in new window

  • Dry skin
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Eczema
  • Cutis marmorata
  • Dry lips
  • Angular cheilitis
  • Fissured tongue
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Diaper rash
  • Alopecia areata

Skin Conditions in Down Syndrome - Part Two opens in new window

  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Syringoma
  • Toenail fungus (onychomycosis)
  • Premature aging
  • Skin cancers

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