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Vol. 12 - Num. 45

Original Papers

Dermatology consultations in Primary Care Pediatrics

S Menéndez Tuñóna, Andrea Sariego Jamardob, Maria Elena Fernández Tejadaa, N Fernández Garcíaa, P López Vilarc, Andrés Meana Meanad

aPediatra. CS Zarracina. Gijón. Asturias. España.
bServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla. Santander. Cantabria. España.
cPediatra. CS Puerta de la Villa. Gijón. Asturias. España.
dPediatra. CS Calzada-I. Gijón. Asturias. España.

Reference of this article: Menéndez Tuñón S, Sariego Jamardo A, Fernández Tejada ME, Fernández García N, López Vilar P, Meana Meana A. Dermatology consultations in Primary Care Pediatrics. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2010;12:41-52.

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Consultations for dermatological problems are very common in pediatrics.

Material and methods: descriptive observational study along 2008, that analyzes dermatological causes of visits in Primary Care pediatrics; the main reasons for consultations were obtained, the rate of resolution in Primary Care was quantified and a list of dermatological processes was obtained as a guide oriented to pediatric dermatological formation.

Results: of 21,748 visits, 1,323 were due to dermatological conditions (6.1%). The diagnostic groups were: skin infections, dermatitis-eczema, urticaria, zoonosis, hair and nail disorders, pigmentation disorders and miscellaneous. The main causes of consultation were: dermatitis/eczema (33%), viral skin infections (26%), bacterial skin infections (10%) and zoonosis (9%); 75 children (5.7%) were referred to dermatologists.

Conclusions: most of pediatric dermatological conditions can be assessed in Primary Care as far as close collaboration with the dermatologist is provided for those situations that the clinical scenario demands.


Atopic dermatitis Dermatologic conditions Primary care


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