Study profiles inpatient peds dermatology consultations

July 19, 2013
Study profiles inpatient peds dermatology consultations
Pediatric dermatologists are consulted for patients ranging in age from newborn to 17 years, with the most common diagnostic categories being infectious diseases, graft-versus-host-disease, and dermatitis, according to a retrospective study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

(HealthDay)—Pediatric dermatologists are consulted for patients ranging in age from newborn to 17 years, with the most common diagnostic categories being infectious diseases, graft-versus-host-disease, and dermatitis, according to a retrospective study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Patrick McMahon, M.D., from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues retrospectively reviewed the of 427 consecutive pediatric dermatology consultations from January 2006 to April 2010. They recorded the age, gender, diagnosis, requesting service, number of skin biopsies performed, and reason for admission to the hospital.

The researchers found that patients ranged in age from newborn to 17 years old, with 18 percent of patients aged 6 weeks to 11 months. General pediatrics most frequently requested pediatric dermatology consultations, accounting for 44 percent of all consultations. Infectious diseases, graft-versus-host disease, dermatitis, vascular anomalies, and drug eruptions were the most common diagnostic categories. Infections and vascular anomalies were the most common diagnoses when hospitalization was primarily for skin-related disease. Infections and drug eruptions were most common reasons for admission for skin disease associated with a systemic illness.

"The results of our study inform both dermatologists and pediatric hospitalists about the array of conditions pediatric dermatologist consultants manage in a tertiary care children's hospital," the authors write. "They can be used to create or modify a dermatology curriculum for pediatric residents and fellows, hospitalists, and other staff, focusing on the most common and important diagnoses encountered."

One author disclosed financial ties to Pierre-Fabre Dermatology.

Explore further: Children continue to be underrepresented in drug trials

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Children continue to be underrepresented in drug trials

July 23, 2012

(HealthDay) -- Even for conditions with a high pediatric disease burden, only a small proportion of clinical drug trials study pediatric patients, according to research published online July 23 in Pediatrics.

Surgical site infections in pediatric scoliosis reviewed

June 6, 2013

(HealthDay)—Surgical site infections, particularly those caused by gram-negative pathogens, occur more frequently following procedures in patients with non-idiopathic rather than idiopathic scoliosis, according to research ...

Recommended for you

Zika virus may persist in the vagina days after infection

August 25, 2016

The Zika virus reproduces in the vaginal tissue of pregnant mice several days after infection, according to a study by Yale researchers. From the genitals, the virus spreads and infects the fetal brain, impairing fetal development. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.