A clinicoepidemiological study of mucocutaneous manifestations in geriatric patients
Amulya R, Badrinath N, Sachin Shetty, Ashwini P
Background: Skin reflects age. Cutaneous signs and symptoms increase as the age advances. These include physiological as well as pathological changes. They can be due to systemic diseases present in old age. Aim: To study the mucocutaneous manifestations in people above the age of 60 years. Methods: All the 100 geriatric patients have cutaneous manifestations. Results: Pruritus, eczema, stasis eczema, fungal infections, benign tumors, xerosis were common. Diabetes was found in large incidence i.e. 49%, which presented with certain skin manifestations like infections, acrochordons etc. Conclusions: Half of the patients had diabetes and most of the diabetics presented with infections. So diagnosing the skin condition aids in the diagnosis of underlying medical disorder.