The role of dermatology in African patients referred for health treatment in a European centre

A. Marcos-Pinto, J. Borges-Costa, M. Reis, P. Filipe

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Abstract

Background: Owing to the migratory movement between African and European countries, we have been seeing an increasing number of dermatoses in patients with darker skin phenotypes in our clinical practice. Aim: To evaluate the support provided by outpatient dermatology consultations to such patients and to assess the most frequent dermatoses seen in this population. Methods: A retrospective 5-year study was conducted in a Portuguese hospital, which is a referral centre to several medical specialities for patients evacuated from Portuguese-speaking African countries, under a specific agreement of international cooperation in health. Results: In total, 116 patients, with a mean age of 38 years, were evaluated. In total, 47 dermatoses were identified, with the 6 most common being fungal infections (12.1%), eczema (9.5%), dyschromias (8.6%), xerosis (6.9%), acne (6%) and hair disorders (6%). Conclusions: This increased knowledge about the most frequent dermatoses in this population, along with their manifestations and the factors that influence them should allow better diagnosis and therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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