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IP Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

A study of cutaneous manifestations of chronic pulmonary diseases among patients attending a tertiary care hospital

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Author Details: Arjun Ajay Shankar, Malcolm Pinto, Deepu Changappa Cheriamane, Manjunath Shenoy M

Volume : 2

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2581-4729

Print ISSN : 2581-4710

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 4


Background: Cutaneous manifestations are frequently associated with pulmonary diseases and vice versa.
Aim: To study the frequency of cutaneous manifestations of pulmonary disease in patients attending our hospital.
Methods: A total of 100 patients, after confirming the clinical diagnosis of pulmonary disease among patients attending the Respiratory Medicine department were included in our study. All the cutaneous manifestations were noted and were further categorised into disease specific findings, nail findings, oral cavity findings, pigmentary changes, infections, age related changes and miscellaneous findings.
Results: Cutaneous manifestations were observed in all 100 cases studied. Xerosis (48), clubbing (43), onychorrhexis (35), hyperkeratosis of bilateral elbows (33) and onychomycosis (19) were the common findings noted.
Conclusion: High frequency of various cutaneous manifestations was observed in the study group. Prompt identification of cutaneous changes followed by the appropriate investigations and referrals may help us in the comprehensive management and care of patients with pulmonary disease.

Key words:
Cutaneous, Pulmonary, Xerosis, COPD, Hyperkeratosis