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Winter 1998, Vol. 6 No. 4

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (1998) 6, 5-10


Original Article

Atopic Dermatitis in Tuen Mun Skin Clinic

NM Luk

Abstract
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common skin problem in Hong Kong. This study attempts to delineate characteristics of patients with atopic dermatitis attending Tuen Mun Social Hygiene Clinic and assess its related family impact. Within a period of 2 months, 68 patients who satisfied the U.K. criteria for AD were interviewed. The patient's characteristics, clinical course, outcome and the family impact were recorded. Most of these parameters were found to be comparable to that in the developed countries. An inverse relationship was noted between the outcome of AD and associated atopic respiratory disease whereas the family impact of the disease in terms of time and money spent on the disease was not particularly great in our series.