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Filaggrin is an abundant protein of the outer epidermis that is essential for terminal differentiation of keratinocytes and formation of an effective barrier against water loss and pathogen/allergen/irritant invasion. Recent investigations in Europe and Japan have revealed null mutations in the filaggrin gene (FLG) as the underlying cause of ichthyosis(More)
BACKGROUND Null mutations in the filaggrin gene (FLG) cause ichthyosis vulgaris (IV) and predispose to atopic dermatitis (AD). Cohort studies in Europe and Japan have reported an FLG mutation carrier frequency of between 14% and 56%, but the prevalent European FLG mutations are rare or absent in Chinese patients with IV and AD. OBJECTIVES To investigate(More)
INTRODUCTION Haemangiomas are common benign tumours of the vascular endothelium. They are extremely heterogenous clinically, with size, location and rate of proliferation having a significant effect on the risk of complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS The available evidence in the literature was evaluated using the grading system currently employed by the(More)
We describe the first case of lipodystrophia centrifugalis abdominalis infantilis to occur outside Japan. A 7-year-old Chinese boy presented with the classical features, which include the early onset of localized depression of the skin of the abdomen, centrifugal progression of the skin lesion and an erythematous scaling advancing edge. The subcutaneous fat(More)
This study examines maternal perceptions of paediatric atopic dermatitis (AD) on family and determines risk factors including severity of AD, maternal physical and mental health (MH), quality of life of patients and sociodemographics which predict a negative family impact. A cross-sectional assessment using the Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire Scale(More)
A 9-year-old Chinese girl with systemic lupus erythematosus presented initially with persistent cervical lymphadenopathy without any constitutional symptoms. The histology of the involved lymph node showed histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis and the initial clinical diagnosis of Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease was made. The patient subsequently developed fever,(More)
BACKGROUND Loss-of-function (null) mutations within the filaggrin (FLG) gene are a strong risk factor for atopic dermatitis (AD). We hypothesized that the absence or reduction of the filaggrin protein could compromise skin barrier and increase patients' susceptibility to recurrent skin infection. OBJECTIVES To investigate the association between FLG-null(More)
OBJECTIVE This prospective study sought to determine the bacterial colonization rates on eczematous and non-eczematous skin and nasal mucosa of patients with atopic dermatitis attending a tertiary dermatologic referral clinic in Singapore. The colonization rates were evaluated according to age, sex, race, and severity of dermatitis compared with controls.(More)
BACKGROUND The first manifestations of psoriasis begin in childhood in more than one-third of patients. However, epidemiological data of juvenile psoriasis are lacking. OBJECTIVES To compare Dutch (NL group) and Singaporean (SG group) children with psoriasis with the aim of studying the characteristics of juvenile psoriasis and to highlight similarities(More)