Temperature Changes in Skin Disease

  • G. Stuttgen


The clinical features of skin disease are well known, but many are difficult to quantify, particularly with minor changes which are very much observer-dependent. For monitoring the course of disease a verbal description may be insufficient, and too crude for analysis. Infrared thermography can be helpful in analyzing surface thermal patterns in dermatoses and in supplementing morphological and histological findings. A most important application in dermatology is the evaluation of various pharmacological effects of drugs, especially those applied topically.


Skin Temperature Infrared Thermography Porphyria Cutanea Tarda Skin Surface Temperature Skin Microcirculation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Stuttgen
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  1. 1.Hautklinic und -PoliklinikFreien UniversitatBerlin 65West Germany

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