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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-186

Study on epidemiology of cutaneous amyloidosis in northern India and effectiveness of dimethylsulphoxide in cutaneous amyloidosis

1 Department of Skin and VD, Subharti Medical College, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, G.G.S. Medical College, BFUHS, Faridkot, India
3 Department of Skin and VD, S. N. Medical College, Agra, India
4 Department of Community Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, India
5 Department of Anatomy, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India
6 Department of Pathology, S. N. Medical College, Agra, India

Correspondence Address:
Arvind Krishna
Department of Skin and VD, NH 58, Subhartipuram, Subharti Medical College, Meerut
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.101814

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Context: Amyloidosis, which is characterized by the extracellular deposition of a proteinaceous substance, is usually associated with considerable tissue dysfunction. However, the etiology of the disease remains uncertain and the treatment disappointing. Aim: 1. To know the epidemiology of cutaneous amyloidosis 2. To evaluate the effect of dimethylsulphoxide on cutaneous amyloidosis. Settings and Design: Data was collected from patients attending the Outpatient Department (OPD) over a period of one year. Material and Methods: Patients were screened on the basis of signs and symptoms and then confirmed histologically. A total of 62 patients who were suspected to be suffering from amyloidosis on the basis of clinical signs and symptoms and 38 patients who were further confirmed histopathologically underwent the treatment. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test was used for testing the significance of proportions. Results: 63.15 percent of the patients had macular amyloidosis and the interscapular area was the most common area involved (52.63%). Pruritus, pigmentation, and papules responded excellently to dimethylsulphoxide after one month of treatment. Conclusions: Cutaneous amyloidosis is a disease found in middle-aged persons, with a female preponderance, and dimethylsulphoxide seems to be an effective therapy.

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