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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Feb;60(2):218-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.09.022. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

The prevalence of previously diagnosed and undiagnosed psoriasis in US adults: results from NHANES 2003-2004.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.

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  • J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Sep;61(3):507.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Psoriasis is a predictor of morbidity. It is important to determine the extent to which psoriasis remains undiagnosed.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence of psoriasis.

METHODS:

We conducted a cross-sectional study using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of diagnosed psoriasis was 3.15% (95% confidence interval [CI], 2.18-4.53), corresponding to 5 million adults. Approximately 17% of these patients have moderate to severe psoriasis based on body surface area report and 25% rate psoriasis a large problem in everyday life. The prevalence of undiagnosed active psoriasis by conservative estimate was 0.4% (95% CI, 0.19-0.82), corresponding to approximately 600,000 US adults, and 2.28% (95% CI, 1.47-3.50) by a broader definition, corresponding to 3.6 million US adults. Undiagnosed patients had a trend toward being more likely to be male, nonwhite, less educated, and unmarried compared with patients who had received a diagnosis.

LIMITATIONS:

The method for determining the presence of psoriasis had limited ability to detect mild disease and only fair interrater agreement.

CONCLUSION:

More than 5 million adults have been diagnosed with psoriasis. A large number have undiagnosed psoriasis and there are important disparities which may be associated with not receiving medical attention.

PMID:
19022533
PMCID:
PMC4762027
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2008.09.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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