After resection of long-segment Hirschsprung’s disease, severe perianal dermatitis (SPAD) may occur because of high stool frequency and elevated concentrations of fecal pancreatic proteases. We investigated prospectively the effect of potato-derived protease inhibitors (PPI) on skin conditions in children with postoperative SPAD.
Four children (aged 12 to 24 months) with therapy-resistant SPAD after transanal endorectal pull-through for long-segment Hirschsprung’s disease received topical PPI (1% in 20% zinc ointment) with each diaper-change. Parents noted down a subjective dermatitis score daily. Photo documentation and outpatient visits were made to assess the treatment results.
No adverse effects were observed after treatment with PPI. A remarkable improvement of the dermatitis in 3 of the 4 patients as well as improvements in pain and sleep disorders were observed during the PPI-treatment course.
The results of the study suggest that PPI may reduce otherwise intractable protease-induced skin irritation in infants.
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Berger, S., Rufener, J., Klimek, P. et al. Effects of potato-derived protease inhibitors on perianal dermatitis after colon resection for long-segment Hirschsprung’s disease. World J Pediatr 8, 173–176 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12519-012-0356-2
- Hirschsprung’s disease
- perianal dermatitis
- protease inhibitor
- transanal endorectal pull-through