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Personality characteristics and serum IgE level in patients with atopic dermatitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8410749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On the basis of clinical observations it was predicted that patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) differ from patients with chronic obstructive bronchitis (OB) in three personality variables; excitability (EX), inadequate stress coping (CO), and paranoidity (PA). Sixty-one patients with AD and 15 with OB were assessed using standard scales. Systematic comparisons between groups strongly confirmed these hypotheses. It was further assumed that AD patients with clinically relevant serum IgE levels (IgE > 100 IU/ml) score significantly higher on EX and CO than those with normal serum IgE levels (IgE < 100 IU/ml). In contrast, no significant differences between these subgroups were expected regarding paranoidity (which may be a consequence of the AD patients' cosmetic problems). These assumptions again were supported by the findings of the present study. The results underline the potential importance of assessing personality variables and serum IgE levels in the diagnosis of AD patients.
G Scheich; I Florin; R Rudolph; S Wilhelm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  1993 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-05     Completed Date:  1993-11-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  637-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nordsee Clinic, Norderney, F.R.G.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Chronic Disease
Dermatitis, Atopic / immunology*,  psychology*
Immunoglobulin E / blood*
Paranoid Disorders / psychology
Reg. No./Substance:
37341-29-0/Immunoglobulin E

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