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Br J Dermatol. 2016 Jun;174(6):1351-8. doi: 10.1111/bjd.14419. Epub 2016 Apr 3.

The 2016 International League of Dermatological Societies' revised glossary for the description of cutaneous lesions.

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1
Division of Evidence Based Medicine (dEBM), Department of Dermatology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, D-10117, Berlin, Germany.
2
Dermatology Centre, Salford Royal Hospital, University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, U.K.
3
Department of Dermatology, Kings College Hospital, London, U.K.
4
Department of Dermatology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
5
Department of Dermatology, Yale Medical School, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In order to facilitate effective communication in dermatology, a clearly defined glossary with precise descriptions is essential. The International League of Dermatological Societies' (ILDS) 'Glossary of basic dermatology lesions' was first published in 1987. A quarter of a century later, the ILDS made the decision to revise and expand this nomenclature.

OBJECTIVES:

Revision and expansion of an international nomenclature for the description of cutaneous lesions.

METHODS:

The ILDS nominated a committee on nomenclature. Based on a review of the literature and major textbooks, the committee assembled a list of terms and definitions. National member societies of the ILDS were then invited to participate in a Delphi voting exercise (two rounds for basic descriptive terms, one round for additional terms). The committee reviewed and consolidated comments and consented the final version.

RESULTS:

The revised and expanded version of the ILDS nomenclature includes 13 basic terms and over 100 additional descriptive terms. Forty-six and then 34 national member societies participated in the first and second voting rounds, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

A unifying nomenclature is crucial for effective communication among dermatologists and those who care for skin diseases. The next step will be a roll-out programme to national member societies of the ILDS that will include translations into languages other than English and adaptations reflecting local circumstances.

PMID:
26801523
DOI:
10.1111/bjd.14419
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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