Pediatric Dermatology Consultations: A Retrospective Analysis of Inpatient Consultations Referred to the Dermatology Service


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Abstract:  To analyze the care provided by consultant dermatologists to hospitalized pediatric patients, we retrospectively studied the records of inpatient pediatric consultation requests received by a hospital dermatology department between 2000 and 2009. The diagnoses were recorded according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). In a high percentage of cases, the problem was addressed in a single visit, and few additional tests were ordered. The most common diagnostic groups were diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (ICD-9: 680–709). The most frequent specific diagnosis was atopic dermatitis (ICD-9: 691.8). Our series shows that the role of dermatologists as consultants for pediatric inpatients is similar to their role in outpatient consultations.