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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 64-71

Pediatric dermatoses in Benghazi, Libya

Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medical, Benghazi University, Benghazi; Department of Dermatology, Jumhoria Hospital. Benghazi, Libya

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Safa Suleman Elfaituri
Western Fwayhat Benghazi, P.O. Box 2602 Benghazi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2319-7250.152125

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Introduction: Skin diseases in the pediatric population are common all over the world. They are important health problem affecting children in both developing and industrialized countries with variable prevalence and pattern. Materials and Methods: Over 1-year, 954 pediatric patients attending Dermatology Department Outpatient Clinic in Jumhoria Hospital in Benghazi, Libya were studied to determine the spectrum and frequency of pediatric dermatoses in Libyan pediatric patients. Results: Infections were the most frequent dermatoses (42%) followed by eczemas (32.4%), insect bite (9.6%), pilosebaceous disorder (4.5%), hair diseases (4%) papulosquamous diseases (2.3%) and genodermatoses (1%). Conclusions: Dermatologic diseases in Libyan pediatric patients showed various features of pediatric dermatology in developing countries, such as high frequency of infections and infestations, and environmentally associated disorders; and to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study carried out on pediatric dermatoses in Libya.

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