Derrnatitis (AD) is among the top ten conditions seen in Dermatology Outpatient Department of St. Luke's Medical Center Quezon City. To date, no study has been done to determine the clinical profile of AD in this institution. Conducting an epidemiological study provides valuable information and may serve as a reference for future studies.
Objective. To determine the clinical profile of patients with AD seen at the Dermatology Outpatient Department of St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City, and its extension clinics from 2007 to
Methods. This is a multi-center, descriptive, cross-sectional study. Records of patients diagnosed with AD seen from January
2007 to December 2011 were retrieved and clinical data were
Results. There were 495 participants in the study, comprising
3.4% of the dermatology patients seen, all of whom were from the lower socioeconomic brackets. Most of these patients were from the pediatric population, with no gender predilection. There was lack of information on the personal and family histories. Emollients and topical corticosteroids were found to be the mainstay of treatment of atopic dermatitis. Rate of follow-up visits was low.
Conclusion. Findings in this study were consistent with that reported in the literature, although the significance of an atopic background was not clearly established due to lack of information from the charts reviewed. The poor compliance to follow-up seen in this study may be attributed to the low socioeconomic status of participants, and may be detrimental to the management and control of this chronic condition.
Key words. Atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, clinical profile