Physiologic and Pathologic Alterations in Old Skin
Few statistics are available concerning the burden of dermatologie disorders in the elderly. However, an estimated 40% of Americans aged 65–74 years suffer from a skin disease sufficiently severe to warrant at least one physician visit and the average affected individual had 1.5 such disorders (Johnsonand Roberts1977). Although hospitalization is infrequently required for dermatologie disease alone, decubitus ulcers, drug rashes, and other cutaneous disorders may greatly complicate and prolong other hospitalizations for the elderly. In addition to the medical and surgical disorders conventionally included in calculations of disease burden, one must consider the omnipresent “normal” changes in aging skin which may have devastating psychological effects and which may predispose the elderly to certain infections and inflammatory diseases.
KeywordsStratum Corneum Herpes Zoster Basal Cell Carcinoma Actinic Keratose Bullous Pemphigoid
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