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East Mediterr Health J. 2012 Apr;18(4):365-71.

Pattern of dermatoses in Iraqi children.

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Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq.


The prevalence of paediatric dermatoses has risen in Iraq from 33.5% in 1987 to 40.9% in 2010. The objective of this study was to document the pattern of dermatoses in Iraqi children attending the outpatient clinic of a teaching hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 663 children under the age of 12 years who attended for dermatological consultation during 2008. The study showed that the prevailing dermatoses were as follow: infectious (32.3%), eczematous (20.8%), pigmentary (17.8%), papulosquamous (14.2%), drug-induced (4.5%), nutritional deficiency (1.8%) and miscellaneous (8.6%). The studied patterns of dermatoses were similar to that reported in other developing countries.

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