Indian Journal of Dermatology
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Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 85--87

Parthenium dermatitis severity score to assess clinical severity of disease


Kaushal K Verma, Arika Bansal, Neetu Bhari, Gomathy Sethuraman 
 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Prof. Kaushal K Verma
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
India

Background: Parthenium dermatitis is the most common type of airborne contact dermatitis in India. It is a chronic disease of a remitting and relapsing course with significant morbidity and distress, but there is no scoring system to assess its severity. Aim: To design a scoring system for the assessment of clinical severity of disease in Parthenium dermatitis and to use this scoring system in various studies to determine its sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility. Methods and Results: In our first few studies on Parthenium dermatitis, we designed and used a basic clinical severity scoring system based on itching, morphology of the lesions, and areas involved. However, in subsequent studies, we modified it to the present scoring system as Parthenium dermatitis severity score (PDSS). Our studies showed the high sensitivity of PDSS in characterization of the disease severity at the given point of time, as well as to determine the efficacy of a prescribed treatment modality which was reliable and reproducible. Conclusion: Thus, PDSS may be used by clinicians for appropriate scoring of the clinical severity of Parthenium dermatitis and in monitoring the disease response to therapy.


How to cite this article:
Verma KK, Bansal A, Bhari N, Sethuraman G. Parthenium dermatitis severity score to assess clinical severity of disease.Indian J Dermatol 2017;62:85-87


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Verma KK, Bansal A, Bhari N, Sethuraman G. Parthenium dermatitis severity score to assess clinical severity of disease. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Apr 11 ];62:85-87
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