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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Quality-of-life assessment in pemphigus vulgaris in Upper Egypt using the Dermatology Life Quality Index and SF-36 questionnaires

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt
2 Department of Public Health & Community Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

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Hanan Morsya
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Assiut University, Assiut
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-6530.194152

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Background Autoimmune bullous dermatoses are characterized by recurrent painful erosions in the mucus membranes and blisters all over the body. The objective of this study was to evaluate quality-of-life and mental health status in patients diagnosed as having pemphigus. Patients and methods A total of 40 patients with pemphigus were recruited from the Dermatology Clinic, Assiut University Hospitals, Egypt. They were assessed clinically, and then the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) was determined and SF-36 questionnaires were administered to patients. Results Of the 40 patients, there were 14 male and 26 female patients. Range of the DLQI for male patients was 8.0–22.0 and that for female patients was 3.0–27.0. The DLQI showed a significant correlation with surface area measured (P=0.048). Conclusion These results suggest that the DLQI and SF-36 can be very useful tools in assessing the outcome criteria for clinical studies of patients with pemphigus. Patient’s quality-of-life is much impaired with this type of disorders.

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