Oct 23, 1997

An epidemiologic study of perianal dermatitis among children in Egypt

Pediatric Dermatology
W Z MostafaY M el-Abidin


Perianal dermatitis is a common problem occurring among infants and children. Streptococci, particularly beta-hemolytic group A organisms, play a major role in its causation. An epidemiologic association between perianal dermatitis caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci in some patients and pharyngeal colonization with the same organisms seems to exist. A similar relation is also true for other organisms, including non-group A beta-hemolytic streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus. This was the main conclusion of a hospital-based study performed on 150 children with perianal dermatitis. All patients were subjected to a questionnaire, clinical examination, two perianal swabs, and two throat swabs. The bacteriologic examination of the perianal swabs revealed the presence of beta-hemolytic streptococci in 35.3% of the cases, half of which were of the group A beta-hemolytic strain (17.3%) and half of which were non-group A (18%). Throat swabs revealed the presence of beta-hemolytic streptococci in 44% of cases, half of which were found to belong to group A (21.3%) and half to non-group A (22.7%). Among patients with perianal dermatitis caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci, 53.8% had associated pharyngeal colonization...Continue Reading

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