A vast array of clinical entities

Unlike most other organs, which usually count 50-100 diseases, the skin has a complement of

The chapter is based on: Naldi L, Minelli C. Dermatology. In: Day S, Green SB, Machin D, eds. Textbook of Clinical Trials. John Wiley & Sons, to be published in 2003.

1000-2000 conditions, and over 3000 dermatological categories can be found in the International Classification for Disease version 9 (ICD-9). Part of the reason is that the skin is a large and visible organ. In addition to disorders that primarily affect the skin, most of the major systemic diseases (for example disorders of vascular and connective tissues) have cutaneous manifestations. Currently, the widespread use of symptom-based or purely descriptive terms such as parapsoriasis and pityriasis rosea reflects our limited understanding of the causes and pathogenetic mechanisms of a large number of skin disorders. We still lack consensus on a detailed lexicon of dermatological terms used in research and everyday clinical practice.15

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Natural Treatments For Psoriasis

Natural Treatments For Psoriasis

Do You Suffer From the Itching and Scaling of Psoriasis? Or the Chronic Agony of Psoriatic Arthritis? If so you are not ALONE! A whopping three percent of the world’s populations suffer from either condition! An incredible 56 million working hours are lost every year by psoriasis sufferers according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment