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Clinical profile, etiology and histopathology of patients with erythroderma in South India

Snigdha O., Mamatha George, Binitha M. P., Sunitha Balakrishnan

Abstract: Background: Erythroderma is a generalised inflammatory disorder of skin manifesting with erythema and scaling affecting more than 90% of the skin surface. Several studies have highlighted the importance of biopsy in the diagnosis and management of erythroderma, while some others have found it to be of limited use.Methods: Thirty-six patients with erythroderma were enrolled in the study and a detailed history, clinical examination and relevant investigations including skin biopsy was done to find out the etiology.Results: Pre-existing dermatoses were the predominant cause (84%) contributed equally by psoriasis (42%) and eczemas (42%) and clinicopathologic correlation could be obtained in 30.55% of cases.Conclusions: Our study showed that skin biopsy remains a valuable tool in the diagnosis of erythroderma.
Keywords: Erythroderma / Etiology / Psoriasis / South / Dermatoses / enrolled / clinicopathologic / Generalised / Predominant / Eczemas

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