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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2017, 5(3), 49-52
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-5-3-2
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Biopsy-based Prevalence of Non-malignant Skin Disorders in Kermanshah City, Iran

Mazaher Ramezani1, Rozhano Mahmoodi2, Afshin Almasi3, Asad Vaisi-Raygani4 and Masoud Sadeghi5,

1Molecular Pathology Research Center, Emam Reza University Hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

2Students Research Committee, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

3Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

4Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

5Medical Biology Research Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

Pub. Date: July 28, 2017

Cite this paper:
Mazaher Ramezani, Rozhano Mahmoodi, Afshin Almasi, Asad Vaisi-Raygani and Masoud Sadeghi. Biopsy-based Prevalence of Non-malignant Skin Disorders in Kermanshah City, Iran. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2017; 5(3):49-52. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-5-3-2


Background: Skin disorders (SDs) consists of 12.4% of all diseases seen by the family physicians and a number of them need to biopsy. The aim of the study is to evaluate the epidemiology of non-malignant SD in the West of Iran. Materials and Methods: Between Jun 2012 to Des 2014 in a descriptive study, 401 patients with non-tumoral SD referred to the Special Clinic of Dermatopathology, Kermanshah city, Iran. We asssessed age, sex, referral year, residential place, referral season and clinical characteristics of SD in the patients . Results: The mean age at diagnosis for patients was 38 years. We divided patients based on age to 8 groups that most patients were between 25 to 34 years. . One hundred and seventy six patients (44%) were male. Two hundred and thirty eight patients (86%) were living in Kermanshah city. Autumn and then summer were the most referral season of patients with 30% and 29%, respectively. Four SDs with the most prevalence were discoid lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, lichen planus and morphea with 17.5%, 16.3%, 9.7% and 5%, respectively. Scalp (23.8%), cheek (21.1%) and hand (10.7%) were the most sites of biopsy, respectively. Conclusions: The definition of skin disorder prevalence is vital in planning for prevention and therapy in healthcare services. We can also use the results, for more focusing on more prevalent biopsy-based diagnoses in education of pathology residents in academic centers.

skin disorder epidemiology pathology Western Iran

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