Study of exfoliative dermatitis
P R Bharatiya
692, Raviwar Peth, Pune - 411002
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Bharatiya P R, Joshi P B. Study of exfoliative dermatitis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1995;61:81-83
A study of 46 cases of exfoliative dermatitis revealed peak distribution in sixth decade and very high preponderance in males (M:F=6.67:1). The highest single cause was found to be psoriasis (41.30%). Injudicious use of topical medicaments including herbal medicines and haphazard treatment were found to be the precipitating factors in 34% cases of pre-existing dermatoses. Laboratory investigations contributed little towards diagnosis except in lymphoma group; but were helpful in knowing systemic implications of the disease. Skin biopsy was found to be helpful in diagnosing underlyin skin disorders in 18 cases (40.91%). Two cases (4.35%) had malignancy as the cause of exfoliative dermatitis.