Exacerbation of atopic dermatitis after bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccination

S. J. Dalton, M. R. Haeney, Leena Patel, T. J. David

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    In two children with atopic dermatitis, routine vaccination with bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) was followed by severe exacerbation of skin disease. If the sequence is cause and effect, a possible mechanism is stimulation of a Th2 lymphocyte cytokine profile by the vaccine, with migration of activated lymphocytes to inflamed skin. In children with active atopic dermatitis, BCG vaccination is best deferred until remission.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-134
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


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