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Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448975/validation-of-a-case-finding-algorithm-for-hidradenitis-suppurativa-using-administrative-coding-from-a-clinical-database
#1
Andrew Strunk, Margaretta Midura, Vassiliki Papagermanos, Allireza Alloo, Amit Garg
BACKGROUND: Requisite to the application of clinical databases for observational research in hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is the identification of an accurate case cohort. OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity of utilizing administrative codes to establish the HS cohort from a large clinical database. METHODS: In this retrospective study using chart review as the reference standard, we calculated several estimates of the diagnostic accuracy of at least 1 ICD-9 code for HS...
April 28, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441655/cutaneous-complications-related-to-tattoos-31-cases-from-finland
#2
Nicolas Kluger
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous complications related to permanent tattoos affect 2-30% of those patients who have tattooed their skin. Little is known about the cases of tattoo complications in Finland. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to conduct a retrospective review of a series of Finnish patients with cutaneous tattoo reactions. METHODS: We collected cases of tattoo reactions from the Department of Dermatology at Helsinki University Central Hospital, from members of the Finnish dermatological society and from various other sources (author's private practice, tattooists, professional internet forum)...
April 26, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441652/ultraviolet-a1-phototherapy-in-the-treatment-of-early-mycosis-fungoides
#3
Esra Adışen, Volkan Tektaş, Funda Erduran, Özlem Erdem, Mehmet Ali Gürer
BACKGROUND: Phototherapy has been the mainstay of therapies for early mycosis fungoides (MF). The beneficial role of ultraviolet (UV) light on MF is suggested by the observation that lesions occur on non-sun-exposed areas. Therapeutic light sources that are available today are broadband UVB, psoralen and UVA, narrowband UVB, and long-wave UV (UVA1). Current literature provides increasing evidence on the use of UVA1 to treat MF. AIM: To investigate the treatment responses of early MF patients treated with fixed 30 J/cm2 doses of UVA1 phototherapy...
April 26, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420002/associations-between-stat-gene-polymorphisms-and-psoriasis-in-northeastern-china
#4
Jing Zhou, Yuzhen Li, Donglin Sun
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with genetic and environmental factors. Based on the roles of STATs (signaling transducers and activators of transcription) in autoimmune diseases, it is assumed STAT gene polymorphisms are associated with psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: To study the association between STAT gene polymorphisms and psoriasis in the northeastern Chinese population. METHODS: Eight single-nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped: rs2293152, rs3816769, rs4796793, and rs744166 in STAT3, rs7574865 and rs3024866 in STAT4, and rs324011 and rs3024974 in STAT6, using SNaPshot methods...
April 19, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384639/efficacy-and-tolerance-of-cetuximab-alone-or-combined-with-chemotherapy-in-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-an-open-study-of-14-patients
#5
Olivier Dereure, Hamoudeh Missan, Céline Girard, Valérie Costes, Bernard Guillot
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Previous reports highlighted the potential interest of cetuximab alone or in combination with chemotherapy in locally advanced or metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (cSCC) care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: To further evaluate the efficiency and safety of cetuximab in advanced cSCC, a single-center retrospective study including all patients treated with cetuximab alone or combined with carboplatin for locally advanced or metastatic cSCC was conducted in a tertiary referral center...
April 7, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343227/what-is-the-key-to-improving-renal-transplant-recipients-awareness-of-skin-cancer-risk
#6
Alessandro Borghi, Monica Corazza, Yuri Battaglia, Elisa Maietti, Sara Minghetti, Annarosa Virgili
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown poor compliance rates regarding sun protection among organ transplant recipients. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of the present study was to assess the awareness among renal transplant recipients (RTRs) of their risk of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) development and their sunscreen use. The influence of several potentially relevant variables was also assessed in order to identify possible weak points on which to concentrate efforts in this respect...
March 25, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253508/clinical-presentation-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-caused-by-leishmania-major
#7
Latifa Remadi, Najoua Haouas, Dhekra Chaara, Darine Slama, Najla Chargui, Radhia Dabghi, Henda Jbeniani, Habib Mezhoud, Hamouda Babba
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is based on the microscopic detection of amastigote, isolation of the parasite, or the detection of Leishmania DNA. Nevertheless, since these techniques are time consuming and not usually available in many endemic countries, the diagnosis remains clinical. Consequently, such disease may be overlooked because of its similarity to other skin diseases. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical polymorphism of CL caused by Leishmaniamajor...
March 3, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249295/cutaneous-neoplasms-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
#8
Joaquim Marcoval, Montserrat Olivé, Montserrat Bonfill-Ortí, Laura Martínez-Molina, Ana Talavera-Belmonte
BACKGROUND: The most frequent skin features associated with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) are frontal alopecia and pilomatrixomas. Several reports suggest that the incidence of basal cell carcinoma is increased in DM1. However, two recently published studies examining this topic have contradictory results. OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively study the incidence of cutaneous tumours in patients with DM1. METHODS: The clinical features of 102 Caucasian patients diagnosed with DM1 at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, were retrospectively analysed...
March 2, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249285/risk-factors-for-skin-infections-in-mycosis-fungoides
#9
Eve Lebas, Jorge E Arrese, Arjen F Nikkels
BACKGROUND: Mycosis fungoides (MF) is the most frequent type of primary cutaneous natural killer and T-cell lymphoma. MF-required immunosuppressive therapies and MF-related immunosuppressive characteristics render patients with MF more prone to infections. AIM: To describe the clinical features of cutaneous infections observed in MF patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A series of 56 MF patients were followed prospectively over 3 years and screened for cutaneous infections...
March 2, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231571/luminex-liquichip-system-for-the-evaluation-of-cytokine-levels-in-patients-with-contact-dermatitis-to-potassium-dichromate
#10
Lehavit Akerman, Tirza Klein, Moshe Israeli, Abigail Fraser, Eti Sagy, Igor Snast, Daniel Mimouni, Michael David, Akiva Trattner
BACKGROUND: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is associated with increased production of cytokines. The patch test is the "gold-standard" diagnostic method, but it poses a risk of false results. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a novel laboratory technique, the Luminex LiquiChip, which simultaneously measures blood levels of multiple cytokines, as a diagnostic tool in patients with chrome-induced ACD. METHODS: The study group included 20 patients with ACD and relevant patch test results for potassium dichromate and 19 patients with ACD for nickel or fragrance as control...
February 24, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226326/psoriasis-and-obesity
#11
Peter Jensen, Lone Skov
Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease with a complex pathogenesis consisting of a genetic component, immune dysfunction, and environmental factors. It is associated with numerous comorbidities including psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. Evidence suggests that obesity is a risk factor for incident psoriasis, aggravates existing psoriasis, and that weight reduction may improve the severity of psoriasis in overweight individuals. Excess body weight may interfere with the medical treatment used in psoriasis and adds to the cardiovascular risk profile in these patients, which underscores the importance of effective weight control regimens...
February 23, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226320/impaired-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-psoriasis
#12
Didem Didar Balci, Ebru Celik, Sebahat Genc, Muhammet Murat Çelik, Mehmet Ugur Inan
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There is no study on the spirometric pulmonary function testing in patients with psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the spirometric parameters in patients with psoriasis and controls. METHODS: Ninety-six patients with psoriasis and 60 sex- and age-matched control subjects were included in this study. Spirometric pulmonary function testing, including percent forced vital capacity (FVC%), percent forced expiratory volume in the 1st second (FEV1%), forced expiratory flow at 25-75% of FVC (FEF25-75%), and FEV1/FVC ratio, was performed in all study subjects...
February 23, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222449/characterization-of-cutaneous-plasmacytosis-at-different-disease-stages
#13
Pa-Fan Hsiao, Yu-Hung Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cutaneous plasmacytosis is rare and still not well understood. A retrospective study was made of 9 Chinese patients with 1- to 15-year histories of biopsy-proven cutaneous plasmacytosis diagnosed between 2003 and 2015. METHODS: Patient records and archival photographs helped establish the pattern and duration of skin lesions, and skin biopsy specimens provided additional data. RESULTS: The mean age at diagnosis was 46.4 years...
February 22, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166524/papulo-nodular-reactions-in-black-tattoos-as-markers-of-sarcoidosis-study-of-92-tattoo-reactions-from-a-hospital-material
#14
Mitra Sepehri, Katrina Hutton Carlsen, Jørgen Serup
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sarcoidosis is, from historical data, suggested to be more prevalent among patients with tattoo reactions. We aimed to evaluate this association in a systematic study. METHODS: This is a consecutive study of patients with tattoo complications, diagnosed in the "Tattoo Clinic" at Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 2008 to 2015, based on clinical assessment and histology. From the overall group of 494 tattoo complications in 406 patients, 92 reactions in 72 patients showed a papulo-nodular pattern studied for local and systemic sarcoidosis, since sarcoidosis is expected to be nodular...
February 7, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152541/alexithymia-and-plaque-psoriasis-preliminary-investigation-in-a-clinical-sample-of-250-patients
#15
Marina Talamonti, Marco Galluzzo, Stella Servoli, Simone D'Adamio, Luca Bianchi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Psoriasis as a dermatological disorder has complex effects on mental health and the psychological status of the patient. Many authors proposed that assessing how psoriasis affects a patient's life is better than a body surface area measurement for delineating psoriasis severity. Alexithymia is a personality dimension characterized by difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally oriented thinking observed in many clinical conditions, especially in psychosomatic disorders...
February 3, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103601/superiority-in-quality-of-life-improvement-of-biologics-over-conventional-systemic-drugs-in-a-swiss-real-life-psoriasis-registry
#16
Pierre Jungo, Julia-Tatjana Maul, Vahid Djamei, Stefanie von Felten, Antonios G A Kolios, Justine Czernielewsk, Nikhil Yawalkar, Olivia Odermatt, Emmanuel Laffitte, Mark Anliker, Markus Streit, Matthias Augustin, Curdin Conrad, Jürg Hafner, Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Michel Gilliet, Peter Itin, Lars E French, Alexander A Navarini, Peter Häusermann
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have shown the efficacy of systemic treatments in moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Clinical outcomes in psoriasis patients under real-world conditions are less well understood. OBJECTIVE: This study compared Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI) improvement in all psoriasis patients registered in the Swiss Dermatology Network for Targeted Therapies. We asked whether outcomes differed between 4 treatment strategies, namely biologic monotherapy versus conventional systemic monotherapy, versus combined biologic and conventional systemic drugs, and versus therapy adaptation (switching from one type to another)...
January 20, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099955/dermoscopy-of-granuloma-annulare-a-clinical-and-histological-correlation-study
#17
Enzo Errichetti, Aimilios Lallas, Zoe Apalla, Alessandro Di Stefani, Giuseppe Stinco
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy of granuloma annulare has been investigated by several studies, but none of them took into account the variability of dermoscopic findings according to clinical characteristics and/or histological subtype. OBJECTIVE: To describe the dermoscopic features of classic granuloma annulare and seek possible dermoscopic clues related to specific clinical findings/histological subpatterns. METHODS: A representative dermoscopic image of a target lesion (the most active lesion underwent histological examination) was retrospectively assessed for the presence of specific morphological findings, correlating them with clinical variables, i...
January 19, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095373/comparison-of-lesion-by-lesion-and-field-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-prevention-of-actinic-keratoses-a-randomized-split-face-single-blind-pilot-study
#18
Inge Seubring, Joannes M M Groenewoud, Marie-Jeanne P Gerritsen
BACKGROUND: Actinic keratoses (AKs) are often treated separately, lesion by lesion. However, in the past years, AKs have been described as a field disease and not limited to single clinically apparent lesions. Treatment should therefore target an area of field change which may reduce the risk of development of further AKs, second tumours, and local recurrence. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to determine the number of new lesions at 9 months after methyl aminolevulinate photodynamic therapy (MAL-PDT)...
January 18, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076860/efficacy-and-survival-of-systemic-psoriasis-treatments-an-analysis-of-the-swiss-registry-sdntt
#19
Julia-Tatjana Maul, Vahid Djamei, Antonios G A Kolios, Barbara Meier, Justine Czernielewski, Pascal Jungo, Nikhil Yawalkar, Carlo Mainetti, Emmanuel Laffitte, Christina Spehr, Mark Anliker, Markus Streit, Matthias Augustin, Stephan Rustenbach, Curdin Conrad, Jürg Hafner, Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Luca Borradori, Michel Gilliet, Peter Itin, Lars E French, Peter Häusermann, Alexander A Navarini
BACKGROUND: The Swiss psoriasis registry SDNTT (Swiss Dermatology Network for Targeted Therapies) records the long-term safety and effectiveness of systemic treatment regimens for psoriasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis are included in the SDNTT when treatment with a conventional systemic agent or biologic is initiated that was not previously used by the respective patient. Patients are followed over a 5-year period. Clinical data are obtained every 3-6 months using standardized case report forms...
January 12, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068657/factors-contributing-to-depression-and-chronic-pain-in-patients-with-hidradenitis-suppurativa-results-from-a-single-center-retrospective-review
#20
Ramya Vangipuram, Toral Vaidya, Roman Jandarov, Ali Alikhan
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a debilitating chronic disease that leads to inflammation and abscess formation in the involved skin, along with a malodorous discharge. Pain is a considerable aspect of HS and significantly impacts quality of life. In addition, HS is significantly associated with depression. A better understanding of contributing factors to depression and pain in patients with HS can identify opportunities to improve care for patients. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that contribute to depression and chronic pain in patients with HS...
January 10, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
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