Atopic dermatitis in young adult italian males: persistent and adult-onset varieties did not differ clinically and as for allergological variables.

Ingordo, Vito; Cazzaniga, Simone; Naldi, Luigi; Perrucci, Salvatore; Barbierato, Mauro; Crociata, Filippo; Cusano, Francesco (2019). Atopic dermatitis in young adult italian males: persistent and adult-onset varieties did not differ clinically and as for allergological variables. (In Press). Giornale italiano di dermatologia e venereologia Edizioni Minerva Medica 10.23736/S0392-0488.18.06239-9

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of adult atopic dermatitis (AD) in general population range from 2.6% to 8% according to objective diagnosis in selected groups of people. The adult-onset AD is the clinical form arising de novo in adulthood. The aim of this study was to detect retrospectively the prevalence of AD in Italian general population, examining a sample of young Italian males affected by AD, which was representative of people of same sex and age, and to point out the clinical and allergological differences between the persistent and adult-onset form. METHODS 198,730 potential male conscripts were visited in Italian Navy and Air Force Recruitment's Centres in Taranto to evaluate their fitness to recruitment. All the young men who showed eczema were referred to Italian Navy Hospital. The diagnosis of AD was stated according to Hanifin and Rajka's criteria. All the patients were patch and prick tested. RESULTS One hundred twenty four cases of AD were diagnosed, with a prevalence of 6.2 cases for 10,000 subjects (95% CI: 5.2-7.4). The subjects with the persistent form were 68 (75.6%; 95% CI: 66.7-84.4) vs 26 patients with the adult-onset form (21.0%; 95% CI: 13.8-28.1). No statistical difference in clinical and allergological variables was showed between the persistent and adult-onset AD. CONCLUSIONS The prevalence of adult AD in a large sample of young males representative of the general population of same age and sex is appreciably lower than the rates previously reported. No clinical feature or allergological variable discriminate between persistent vs adult- onset varieties.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Dermatology

UniBE Contributor:

Cazzaniga, Simone

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1827-1820

Publisher:

Edizioni Minerva Medica

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandra Nyffenegger

Date Deposited:

30 Dec 2019 09:25

Last Modified:

30 Dec 2019 09:25

Publisher DOI:

10.23736/S0392-0488.18.06239-9

PubMed ID:

30650956

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/136794

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