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J Korean Med Sci. 2010 Dec;25(12):1828-30. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2010.25.12.1828. Epub 2010 Nov 24.

Prevalence of atopic dermatitis among Korean adults visiting health service center of the Catholic Medical Center in Seoul Metropolitan Area, Korea.

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Department of Dermatology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.


The point prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) among Korean adults visiting the Health Service Center for health check-ups was assessed. AD was diagnosed based on the questionnaires filled by patients and through physical examination by dermatologists. A total of 3,563 persons completed the questionnaires, and 2,032 persons were examined by the dermatologists. According to the questionnaires, the prevalence of AD was 7.1%, and from the dermatologists' examination, it was 2.6% overall, which decreased with age significantly. The prevalence in men was higher than that of women. Grading the severity of AD according to their eczema area and severity index scores, 70.6% were classified as being mild, 25.5% moderate, and 3.9% severe. Interestingly, concomitance of psoriasis and AD was found in 0.5% of those examined by the dermatologists. Our results suggest that AD is one of the most common skin diseases not only in children but also in adults in Korea.


Adult; Dermatitis, Atopic; Hanifin and Rajka criteria; Physical Examination; Prevalence; Psoriasis; Questionnaires; Severity

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