The Value of Etiological Tests and Skin Biopsy in the Management of Prurigo Simplex Subacuta


Topal S. G. , KARATAŞ KARAKUŞ G. , FETTAHLIOĞLU KARAMAN B. , YÜCEL A. , AKSUNGUR V. L.

ACTA DERMATOVENEROLOGICA CROATICA, cilt.25, ss.276-280, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 25 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Dergi Adı: ACTA DERMATOVENEROLOGICA CROATICA
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.276-280

Özet

It has been emphasized that prurigo simplex subacuta may be associated with various disorders and may be clinically confused with dermatitis herpetiformis. Aim of the study was to evaluate the value of our set of tests for finding possible associations and for the aforementioned differential diagnosis. Rates of implementations and abnormal results in our set of tests, including skin prick test, skin biopsy, complete blood count, blood chemistry panel, and psychiatric evaluation were analyzed retrospectively between the years of 2010 and 2015 in 130 patients clinically diagnosed with prurigo simplex subacuta. The set of tests was implemented completely in 43.8% patients and with only a single missing test in 31.5% of the patients. The least implemented procedure was psychiatric evaluation (66.9%). The most commonly found issues were psychiatric abnormalities (55.2% of 87 psychiatrically evaluated patients) and atopy (53.8% of 104 skin prick tested patients). The most common finding suggestive of internal diseases was hyperglycemia (25.4% of 130 patients). It was a striking result that hematological malignancies were suspected upon complete blood count and peripheral blood smear and confirmed by further investigations in 4 of 102 patients. Dermatitis herpetiformis was diagnosed in 2 of 120 skin biopsied patients. Because of the substantial rate of implementation, the high frequencies of psychiatric abnormalities and atopy, and detection of hematological malignancies and dermatitis herpetiformis even in just a few patients, we recommend our set of tests for patients clinically diagnosed as prurigo simplex subacuta.