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Dermatology. 2001;202(1):4-8.

Atopic signs and symptoms: assessing the 'atopy score' concept.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, Germany. wuter@rz.uni-osnabrueck.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Score concepts have been suggested for the standardised diagnosis of atopic dermatitis, incorporating various anamnestic and clinical minor criteria of atopy, including the 'Erlangen Score', developed in the hospital-based setting of a dermatitis clinic.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the properties of this score in the context of a population-based epidemiological study.

METHODS:

The association between relevant atopic criteria and previous or current flexural eczema was evaluated in 2,352 hairdressing apprentices.

RESULTS:

The association was not as strong as in the patient-based studies, comparing the respective odds ratios. Accordingly, the discriminating power of the Erlangen Score was poor, resulting in low sensitivity (55.7%) and specificity (73.8%) for, e.g., 8 points as cutpoint.

CONCLUSION:

While the score appears useful to summarise minor criteria, the individual relevance of its point values should not be overestimated in view of a low positive predictive value in a population (compared to a clinical) setting.

PMID:
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