Serious skin diseases can correlate to higher risk of mortality.
Patients hospitalized for atopic dermatitis were less likely to die in the 10 years they were followed by researches than those hospitalized for psoriasis, but people with either disease were seen to have much higher mortality rates — most often from cardiovascular disease and cancer — than the general population.
The researchers’ study, “Ten-year mortality is increased after hospitalization for atopic dermatitis compared with the general population, but reduced compared with psoriasis,” was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a type of inflammation of the skin, that causes itchy, red, swollen, and cracked skin. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which, similar to AD, is characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These skin patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. Although previous studies have found increased risk of mortality in people with psoriasis, no studies have yet examined mortality in patients with AD.
Alexander Egeberg with the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at the University of Copenhagen and colleagues used nationwide Danish registers, spanning 1996 to 2002, of all Danes age 18 or older with a first-time hospitalization for AD or psoriasis.
A total of 576 patients with AD and 951 with psoriasis were included in the analysis, with a maximum follow-up of 10 years. Data from both groups were then compared with that of 5,760 matched healthy controls (general population).
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