Dermatological Referred Consultations from Various Departments of Baghdad Medical City to Baghdad Center of Dermatology and Venereology
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2022, Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 293-299
Dermatological problems are common in patients with other medical problems, they may provide clue to the diagnosis of medical diseases.
AIM OF THE STUDY:
To study consultations from different departments of Baghdad Medical City to Baghdad Center of Dermatology and Venereology regarding frequency causes of referral and final dermatological diagnosis, and to design a typical consultation form.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
This is a cross – sectional observation study, it was conducted at Baghdad Center of Dermatology and Venereology, Baghdad Medical City, Iraq from October 2018 to January 2020 (15 months).
All consultations from other departments of Baghdad Medical City to dermatological department were included in the study.
A total number of 998 consultations out of 39540 patients attended dermatological department during the same period of study (3% from total patients that consulted the department during this period), 694 (69.5%) patients were outpatients while 304 (30.5%) patients were inpatients. The age range was from 1day to 86 years old with a median age of 26. The most common consultations were referred from pediatric department with total number 256 (25.6%) patients, rheumatology department 220 (22%) patients followed by hematological department 157 (15.7%) patients. The most common dermatological disease group that was diagnosed by dermatologists was eczematous disorders 107 (10.7%) patients, viral infections 106 (10.6%) patients followed by parasitic infestation 87 (8.7%) patients. Scabies represents the most common disease that was referred to dermatological department (8.3% of all consultations).
Consultations were referred from 23 different departments; the most common ones were from pediatric department. Dermatological opinion helped to reach the final dermatological diagnosis among referred patients.
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