Author(s): Shah M.
Source: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology; 2017
Available in full text at Clinical and Experimental Dermatology - from John Wiley and Sons
Abstract:It is important to assess outcomes for medical interventions in order to focus scarce resources on outcomes with a known positive benefit. An open, observational study was performed to assess the clinical outcomes of 600 male patients with a genital skin problem attending a specialist secondary care dermatology facility. Patients were mainly referred by general practitioners and genitourinary medicine physicians. Outcome was measured at 3 and 6 months, and was determined by clinical examination and assessment of patient symptoms. The mean age of the group was 45.3 years. The commonest diagnoses were lichen sclerosus (30.5%), balanitis (17.3%), eczema (12.8%), lichen planus (7.3%), psoriasis (7.2%) and benign lesions (5.5%). The commonest presenting symptoms were genital rash (43%), genital soreness, pain or burning (17.5%), and penile lesions (15.7%). Lichen sclerosus and all forms of balanitis were more common in uncircumcised patients, whereas lichen planus was more common in circumcised males. Short-term outcome was excellent, with 11.5% of patients being reassured and discharged on their first visit, and after 6 months 58% of all patients were clear and 12% had improved. Only 4.5% reported no improvement in symptoms. Diagnostic biopsy demonstrated malignant or premalignant lesions in nearly a fifth of those having a procedure. Close working with urological and genitourinary medicine colleagues is important to manage the various aspects of male health.Copyright © 2017 British Association of Dermatologists.
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